Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black became the most prominent Republican to enter the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in an attempt to take on Sen Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
Black is currently serving his third term as the Agriculture Secretary and has spent decades in the farming industry. Through his past experiences, Black has developed a strong coalition of rural voters.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Black touted his track record throughout his time in office. “I’ve got the leadership experience, the track record, and the background handling a wide range of duties to be a United States senator. The people of Georgia have been kind enough to hire me before, and I believe they’ll hire me again for a different job,” he said.
Black also went on to say his campaign will focus on the policy positions of Georgia’s current senator and the Biden administration.
“I just fundamentally object to the positions of this administration and Sen. Warnock. I don’t know the reverend and I never met him,” Black said in the interview. “But we have fundamental disagreements and I want to provide a positive choice for Georgians.”
Many other Republicans have been hesitant to enter the race against Warnock. Several potential candidates are waiting for a decision from Herschel Walker, the prominent former running back for the University of Georgia. Walker was a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.
Trump encouraged Walker to run earlier this year. He said, “Wouldn’t it be fantastic if the legendary Herschel Walker ran for the United States Senate in Georgia? He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!”
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