Kemp, Trump throw support behind Herschel Walker as GOP unites in push for Georgia runoff

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Republicans are looking to hang on to keep a 50-50 split in the Senate with the upcoming Georgia run-off election between Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and Herschel Walker, with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp joining the effort alongside others including former President Trump.

Kemp is expected to join Walker on the campaign trail this weekend in Cobb County, after distancing himself from the Senate race while he focused on his own re-election effort.

"Herschel requested all the help we could get from the governor. The governor said I’m there for you," Walker campaign manager Scott Paradise said.

Kemp's decision to actively back Walker has him on the same team as Trump, who famously criticized the governor for not helping him overturn the state's results in the 2020 election that had the Peach State for President Biden.

Trump praised Walker as "a fabulous human being" after announcing his own campaign for president. The former president's big to take office again has been a source of division among Republicans. Even some GOP lawmakers traditionally supportive of Trump hoped he would delay an announcement until after the Georgia runoff, fearing his rhetoric could divide Republicans and drag down Walker in the process.

During the 2022 primaries, the majority of Trump-endorsed candidates were victorious, but many of his most important endorsements struggled and lost in the general elections. While Republicans barely secured enough wins to retake control of the House, they did not enjoy what was expected to be a "red wave" in the midterms.... (Read more)