Gingrich backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race

Former Speaker of the Chamber Newt gingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE he supported Herschel Walker in the Republican primaries to face the senator. Raphael warnockRaphael Warnock Sununu’s departure underscores the GOP’s uncertain path to winning a Senate majority GOP fears in the Senate that Trump could derail the bid for most historically black colleges and universities that could see historic funding under the plan Biden MORE (D-Ga.) In Georgia next year, becoming the latest conservative heavyweight to endorse the former soccer star.

“I am proudly endorsing Herschel Walker to be the next United States Senator from the great state of Georgia,” Gingrich, who represented Georgia’s sixth congressional district in the House for 20 years, said in a statement.

“We need more people like Herschel in Washington: genuinely good, hardworking people with a proven track record of success. Herschel is a legend in my home state of Georgia, and it’s not just because of his tremendous success on the soccer field. He is a businessman, a philanthropist, a community leader and will make Georgia proud to be our next United States Senator. “

Since announcing his Senate campaign in August, Walker has quickly become the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. Former president Donald trumpDonald Trump Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block the release of the documents on January 6 Sununu underscores the uncertain path of the Republican Party to obtain a majority in the Senate Trump endorses Idaho lt. gov. against the incumbent Republican leader MORE urged him for months to participate in the race, and top Republicans in Washington, including the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump taunts ‘Old Raven Mitch’ McConnell about Biden’s infrastructure. (R-Ky.) And Minority Whip John thuneJohn Randolph ThuneManchin criticizes ‘hostile’ political environment ‘An earthquake’: GOP soars after beating by Democrats Tuesday as Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia collapse MORE (RS.D.), have endorsed it.

Walker faces three other Republicans in the 2022 primaries, including State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

The Senate race in Georgia is among the most watched 2022 midterm elections, seen as crucial to the GOP’s efforts to regain control of the upper house.

Democrats won control of the two state Senate seats in January after Warnock and Sen. Jon ossoffJon Ossoff Democrats pressure Bureau of Prisons director on staff shortage Five things to watch out for in the Virginia governor race Biden’s reconciliation framework includes an alternative Medicaid solution, no dental or health benefits Medicare view MORE (D-Ga.) He narrowly won a couple of second-round elections. Those victories came just two months later President BidenJoe Biden Video showing violence removed from Rep. Gosar’s account after pushback Federal judge rejects Trump’s effort to block Jan.6 documents Expected price increases raise political stakes for Biden MORE he became the first Democratic White House candidate to conquer the state in nearly three decades.

While Ossoff won’t face reelection until 2026, Warnock is seen as perhaps the most vulnerable target for Senate Republicans next year.

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