Aug 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Ex-NFL star Herschel Walker jumps into Georgia Senate race

Donald Trump elbow bumps Herschel Walker on a red carpet in front of a wall displaying TRUMP/PENCE signs and a row of American flags.
Then-President Donald Trump is greeted by NFL Hall of Fame member Herschel Walker during an event for Black supporters at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Sept. 25, 2020, in Atlanta. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Former NFL running back Herschel Walker has filed paperwork to run for Senate, challenging freshman Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia next year.

Driving the news: Walker, a Republican, has received support from former president Donald Trump but has faced scrutiny over his recent residency in Texas.

  • Just last week, Walker registered to vote in Georgia, making him an official Peach State resident.

The details: Walker's campaign website was not yet active as of Tuesday afternoon, but details in a pair of filings with the Federal Election Commission provide a glimpse of his campaign team.

  • The campaign's treasurer and custodian are consultants with the Georgia firm RTA Strategy. They work with other prominent Republicans in the state, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Working on the Walker campaign's compliance program is Stefan Passantino, a former senior Trump White House and campaign attorney.
  • The still-inactive Walker campaign website was registered by the South Carolina-based firm Push Digital.

The big picture: Walker is the fifth Republican to enter the race to unseat Warnock, who narrowly defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler in January.

  • Trump has repeatedly urged Walker to run for the seat. "He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!" Trump said in a statement in March.
  • Walker has tried to fend off scrutiny of his residency. He's lived in Dallas for a decade, where he's claimed a property tax benefit reserved for a primary residence.
  • State officials recently opened a probe into Walker's wife's decision to vote in Georgia last year.
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