(USA Features) Former NFL star Hershel Walker has yet to decide whether he’ll seek the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate to run against freshman Georgia Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, but if he does opt-in, the nomination is his for the taking because former President Donald Trump is backing him, CNN reported Thursday.
“Warnock, who is running for a full six-year term next year after narrowly winning his seat in a special election in January, is a top target for Republicans,” CNN reported. “And with the backing of Trump and his closest allies, who believe that Walker is uniquely able to unite a party torn apart by their 2020 losses, prospective Republican candidates are signaling they are willing to sit out until the legendary athlete makes a decision.”
The network went on to say, however, that privately, some Republicans are not certain that Walker, a Texas native who has never run for public office, may falter against Warnock, a pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King also preached, who is used to the limelight.
Also, they worry if Trump is simply backing Walker because he has been a loyal ally for years instead of backing more viable Republican contenders.
In a phone call with CNN Wednesday, however, Walker did not appear to be in a hurry to make an announcement.
“Right now, (I’m) just going through the process and thinking about it,” he told the network. “Not really talking a lot about it.”
He also denied that he would run simply because the former president wants him to.
“This got nothing to do with President Trump,” Walker said. “With me, I’m about this country right now.”