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Former president Trump urges legendary UGA football player Herschel Walker to run for Senate

In this March 1984 file photo, Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker in New York after agreement on a 4-year contract with the New Jersey Generals USFL football team. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

ATLANTA — Former President Donald Trump is already weighing in on the 2022 Senate race in Georgia, urging legendary UGA football player Herschel Walker to run.

Trump issued a statement Wednesday saying “Run Herschel, Run!” If he chooses, Walker would face off against Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is up for reelection in 2022 after winning a special election in 2020.

“Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? 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 wrote.

Walker and Trump have known each other for decades. Walker even appeared on season eight of The Apprentice, hosted by Trump. Although he was eliminated in the show, he remained close with Trump. During his presidency, Walker often spoke out in support of Trump and even appeared at campaign rallies.

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There has been a lot of speculation about the 2022 Senate race in Georgia.

In February, former Georgia Sen. David Perdue announced he would not run for Senate after filing paperwork to run for the seat held by Warnock just days earlier.

Perdue was a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and arguably one of his biggest allies throughout Trump’s presidency. Perdue was defeated after just one term as senator.

Former Rep. Doug Collins has expressed interest in running for Senate or governor.