Former University of Georgia and NFL star Herschelle Walker raised $3.7 million in the first five weeks of his US Senate campaign, according to a release from his campaign.
walkerFormer President Trump encouraged her to run in the GOP primary in late August. Mr Trump endorsed Walker shortly after the former running back launched his campaign.
Walker’s campaign said he raised funds from about 50,000 donors in all 50 states. More information about Walker’s race should come by Friday, the deadline for filing paperwork with the Federal Election Commission.
“We are overwhelmed by the support of the nearly 50,000 Americans who love this country and want to help with our campaign,” Walker said in a statement. “We are grateful for each cent and look forward to continuing to travel in this great state to join hands with genuine Georgians and to hear about the issues facing their communities.”
Other Republicans running to challenge Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock have yet to file their third-quarter fundraising reports. In the second quarter, former Navy SEAL and Trump administration official Latham Sadler raised $1.4 million, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black brought in $700,000, and veteran Calvin King received $379,000 in contributions.
As the campaign progresses, Walker will be faced with questions about his past. One Associated Press Story Walker’s turbulent history detailed since earlier this year and Walker has been open about her struggles with mental illness and social identity disorder.
Warnock is a strong fundraiser, but it hasn’t reported its third-quarter figures yet. They received over $6 million in contributions in the second quarter and had $10.5 million in the bank.
The Georgia Senate race is expected to be one of the most watched and expensive Senate races in the country. The Cook Political Report rates the race a “lean Democrat”.
Warnock and fellow Democratic Senator John Osoff both won runoff elections in January to give Democrats control of the US Senate. Warnock is set to run for re-election next year as he currently serves the term of retired Republican Senator Johnny Isaacson.