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Walker wins primary to face Warnock in Ga. Senate race

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 4:16 PM EDT|Updated: May. 25, 2022 at 1:40 PM EDT
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ATLANTA — Football great Herschel Walker, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has won Georgia’s GOP Senate primary.

The Republican will face Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock in the November general election. Walker defeated five fellow Republicans, including Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and former Trump administration official and Navy veteran Latham Saddler. Walker had gotten 69 percent of the GOP votes late Tuesday with 77 percent of precincts reporting.

The GOP is trying to take back the seat Warnock won last year, helping Democrats squeak out a congressional majority.

Walker told supporters Tuesday night that Warnock and the “radical left” are responsible for inflation and crime problems.

“They don’t even like this country,” he said. He added, “It’s time for us to wake up from this nightmare, time for us to get up, get back on track.”

Warnock’s campaign manager, Quentin Fulks, had this to say:

“In a short time, Reverend Raphael Warnock has built a clear, extensive record of fighting for all Georgians in the U.S. Senate. He presents a clear choice for voters this fall and a distinct contrast with Republican nominee Herschel Walker, whose pattern of lies, exaggerations and outright bizarre claims reveal he is not up for the job of serving Georgians in the U.S. Senate.”

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