(FiveNation.com)- Republican candidate Herschel Walker is making quite a good first impression in his run for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia.
Since he launched his campaign back in late August, Walker, the former star running back in the NFL and for the University of Georgia, has raised approximately $3.7 million in campaign funds. That’s an average of roughly $100,000 each day.
Walker is running for the seat that’s currently held by Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. He is getting a big boost from the fact that former President Donald Trump has endorsed his campaign.
In a press release sent recently to media outlets, Walker said:
“National Democrats have already said they plan to spend $100 million on this race, and these strong numbers show that we are ready to go head to head with anybody.”
Walker also said his team is “overwhelmed by the support” by the nearly 50,000 people who have contributed to his campaign thus far.
While Trump is the most well-known Republican who has backed Walker to date, even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has given him support. The two had a “good conversation” last month, McConnell said, and he believes there is “every indication that he is going to be a good candidate.”
While Walker is putting up impressive fundraising numbers, he is far behind what his potential Democratic challenger is doing.
As of August, the incumbent Warnock had raised $10.5 million in his bid for re-election. Warnock won the special runoff election in January to defeat then-Senator Kelly Loeffler. The race won his a one-year seat on the U.S. Senate, forcing him to run for re-election in November 2022.
Loeffler herself had only served in the Senate for roughly a year. Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler to the seat after Johnny Isakson resigned back in December of 2019.
In essence, Warnock’s win in the January 2021 runoff election put him in the Senate to fill the remainder of Isakson’s term, which will expire in January of 2023.
To this point, Loeffler hasn’t mentioned whether she would re-enter the political arena and try to recapture the seat she lost in January. She still has some time to do so, since the election isn’t for another year, but time is certainly ticking toward the Republican primary in Georgia.
The other Georgia Republican who lost the runoff election in January, David Perdue, said he wouldn’t be running again during the midterm elections in 2022. Perdue lost his seat to Democrat Jon Ossoff.
There are a few Republican candidates who are vying to go head-to-head with Warnock in the midterm elections. That being said, Walker is polling with very high numbers among Georgia Republican voters in the early going.
A poll recently conducted by the Trafalgar Group showed that he has the support of 75.7% of voters in Georgia who are registered Republicans. That kind of support will go a long way in his bid for the Republican nomination, which he must win first before he can officially take on Warnock.