Herschel Walker Says He Will Welcome Unity from Top GOP Members during Runoff

Georgia Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker says he will welcome unity from prominent leaders in the party if they rally to support him in the runoff election next month.

In a recent interview, Walker was asked if he felt it would be ideal if prominent Republicans like Florida Governor Ron De Santis, former President Donald Trump, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, and Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin joined with him and told Georgia voters to elect him to the Senate. 

Walker responded that unity from leaders of the party behind his campaign would be “totally ideal.”

“I would absolutely, absolutely love it because this is not an ego for Hershel Walker. This is about the people of Georgia. This is about the people of the United States of America. That’s what I got into this race about. I said I want to bring unity into this country,” said Walker.

Trump’s support for Walker worries some Republicans

Walker had been trailing Democrat Senator Raphael Warnock this week. However, the two will face each other in a runoff election next month that could determine control of the Senate. However, some GOP leaders are concerned over the possible consequences of Trump campaigning for Walker.

Trump appeared at a midterm rally in Georgia last year during a different state runoff election for Senate and spoke about the state’s alleged voter fraud. The election saw the Democrat party win both Senate seats following the rally.

With the former president’s rocky history in Georgia, many Republican officials seem more welcoming to other GOP heavyweights, including Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis visiting Georgia. Trump and DeSantis are often pitted together by the media as the two candidates most likely to run for the Republican nominee for president in 2024.

“We need every Republican surrogate we can get into the state to put their arm around Herschel. I think that [Virginia Gov. Glenn] Younkin or DeSantis is a better fit for soft Republicans or independents in the suburbs that we need to turn out,” said the Faith & Freedom Coalition president, Ralph Reed, in a CNN interview.

Governor DeSantis is viewed as a rising leader in the GOP and coasted to reelection during the midterm elections, securing another four years as governor of the Sunshine State if he chooses not to run for president in 2024.

Warnock and Warner will face each other in the December 6 runoff election after neither candidate earned the 50% threshold needed to secure the election.