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EXCLUSIVE: Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker racked up one other spectacular fundraising haul for his Senate marketing campaign as he tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia in November’s midterm elections.
The previous skilled and school soccer star working again, who gained a Heisman Trophy and helped propel the College of Georgia to a nationwide championship, introduced on Wednesday that his marketing campaign pulled in $5.5 million through the January-March first quarter of 2022 fundraising. That’s up from the $5.4 million Walker hauled in through the closing three months of final yr.
Walker’s crew, in sharing their fundraising figures first nationally with Fox Information, famous that the quantity introduced in through the previous three months was one of many largest fundraising quarters within the nation for any Republican candidate in search of workplace. The marketing campaign additionally highlighted that Walker obtained contributions from greater than 50,000 donors from all 50 states through the first quarter.
“If there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s putting my head down and going to work,” Walker emphasised in an announcement. “Our team has traveled to every corner of Georgia shaking hands with voters and hearing about how they are fed up with Joe Biden and Raphael Warnock. We can’t do this by ourselves and Georgians are coming out in record numbers to join our team.”
Walker’s marketing campaign shared their fundraising figures the day after Warnock introduced that he raked in an enormous $13.6 million in fundraising over the previous three months and had $25.6 million money available in his coffers as of the top of March.
Walker acknowledged in his assertion that “the Republican nominee against Warnock will have to raise money and bring new voters to the table.” He touted his document in that regard: “I am doing both. We are so grateful for your support and look forward to giving this seat back to the people.”
Marketing campaign Supervisor Scott Paradise famous that “since announcing in August, we have raised nearly $15 million with each quarter outperforming the last.”
He additionally highlighted that “Herschel’s pro-business, pro-law enforcement, pro-military, and pro-America message is clearly resonating with Georgians who are fed up with the status quo. We have the resources to tell Georgians why they need to fire Senator Warnock and that’s exactly what we’ll do through November.”
Walker’s the clear front-runner within the GOP main, due to his excessive identify recognition within the Peach State and the endorsement he obtained from former President Donald Trump – who for months inspired Walker to run and who stays extremely popular and influential amongst Republican voters in Georgia and throughout the nation. Current polling suggests Walker holding an infinite lead over his Republican rivals within the Could 24 Republican Senate main.
4 different Republicans are working for the GOP Senate nomination within the Peach State: Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black; Latham Saddler, a businessman and former Nationwide Safety Council official through the Trump administration and former Navy SEAL officer; Kelvin King, a U.S. Air Power veteran and businessman; and businessman and former State Consultant Josh Clark.
Walker has run a fastidiously scripted marketing campaign since leaping into the race, and his critics proceed to notice that Walker, as a first-time candidate, is untested below fireplace on the marketing campaign path and has not made it clear the place he stands on some key points. Additionally they elevate issues about his political baggage that might give Warnock and the Democrats loads of ammunition.
Walker has confronted allegations of previous bodily abuse and violent conduct, together with an alleged incident the place Walker held a razor to his ex-wife’s throat, choked her, and later put a gun to her head. Black, a cattle farmer and Georgia’s elected agriculture commissioner, went up with a scathing digital advert final month that spotlighted the incident.
Individually, Walker for years has brazenly mentioned his struggles with a psychological sickness referred to as dissociative id dysfunction. Walker spotlighted his psychological well being challenges in a 2008 ebook, writing that he was capable of overcome his a number of personalities with remedy and his religion in Christianity.
Walker’s additionally been dinged by quite a few reviews for months that he’s exaggerated the success of his companies, and that Walker and his companies owed tens of millions in unpaid loans.
Because the GOP goals to win again the Senate majority they misplaced in January 2021 when the Democrats narrowly swept Georgia’s twin Senate runoff elections, they’re taking part in loads of protection, defending 20 of the 34 seats up for grabs, together with 5 open seats – with two of them within the essential battlegrounds of Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
However additionally they see alternatives to flip blue seats pink in 4 key swing states, together with Georgia. They usually view Warnock – the pastor on the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta the place Martin Luther King Jr. as soon as preached – as one of the susceptible Democrats working for reelection this yr.
Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, by a razor-thin margin 15 months in the past, to serve the ultimate two years of the time period of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson, who resigned in 2019 because of well being causes.