Fox News reports:
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday endorsed former NFL star Herschel Walker’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, a key battleground state the GOP hopes to flip from blue to red in next year’s midterm elections. In doing so, the Kentucky senator joins former President Donald Trump in backing Walker, who briefly played for a Trump-owned team in the long-defunct USFL.
McConnell’s move comes amid a nearly yearlong war of words between the two GOP giants over Trump’s repeated emphasis on re-litigating his 2020 election loss to now-President Biden, and his numerous calls for McConnell to be ousted as Senate Republican leader. “I am happy to endorse Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate in Georgia,” McConnell said in a statement. “Herschel is the only one who can unite the party, defeat Senator Warnock, and help us take back the Senate.”
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McConnell had concerns this summer about Walker and was talking to other candidates and suggesting Perdue and Loeffler take another look at the race. https://t.co/NDjZC2hwS0 But since, GOP leaders have felt better about his performance and viability and now McConnell is on board https://t.co/U2L8EIFRmd
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 27, 2021
— Marianne LeVine (@marianne_levine) October 27, 2021
The Washington Republican establishment is lining up behind @HerschelWalker. Here’s the biggest sign yet: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing the former football star’s bid. #gapol #gasen pic.twitter.com/hfU74d86G8
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) October 27, 2021