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Politics: Sen. Raphael Warnock weaponizes Trump's 2024 announcement and endorsement of Herschel Walker in Georgia runoff

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Herschel Walker (left) and Donald Trump. Megan Varner/Getty Images; Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) © Provided by Business Insider Herschel Walker (left) and Donald Trump. Megan Varner/Getty Images; Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
  • Sen. Raphael Warnock is weaponizing Donald Trump's endorsement of his campaign rival, Herschel Walker, in a new ad.
  • The ad spotlights Trump and shows Walker "surrounds himself with some of the most divisive politicians."
  • The two candidates are headed to a December runoff election.

Georgia Republican Herschel Walker's Senate campaign has been plagued by allegations that he was hiding "secret" children and that he paid for a former girlfriend's abortion. This week, the former athlete player explained to voters why he would rather be a werewolf than a vampire in a bizarre stump speech.

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Even so, Walker's Democratic rival, Sen. Raphael Warnock, is relying in a new ad on a different piece of baggage to hurt Walker: former President Donald Trump.

The 30-second ad spotlights Trump's endorsement of Walker as he and Warnock head toward a runoff election in December, since neither candidate won 50% during the midterm election.

"We must all work very hard for a gentleman and a great person named Herschel Walker, a fabulous human being who loves our country and will be a great United States senator," Trump says in the ad, urging a crowd to vote for him. "He was an incredible athlete. He'll be an even better senator."

The tagline at the end says "Stop Donald Trunp" and "Stop Herschel Walker."

Warnock for Georgia Campaign Manager Quentin Fulks in a statement said Walker "surrounds himself with some of the most divisive politicians in Washington, so it's no surprise that he has Donald Trump's endorsement. This is yet another reason Georgians will turn out to vote for Reverend Warnock on December 6."

Trump on Tuesday night announced his third bid for the presidency as Republicans are furious and blaming him for failing to achieve a so-called "red wave" in midterm elections. Many Republicans thought he should wait to announce his candidacy.

Democrats flipped Georgia's two Senate seats in 2020 during runoff elections at the end of Trump's presidency.

American Bridge 21st Century is also running anti-Walker ads in Georgia focused on the candidate. Drew Godinich, the committee's senior director of communications, said, "even with Trump's baggage, Herschel Walker remains the biggest threat to Republicans' hopes of winning this race."

Scott Walker says it's 'dangerous' for Trump to attack DeSantis, encourages Republicans to look at a number of 2024 hopefuls .
The former Wisconsin governor says Trump is on "thin ice" when it comes to attacking the Florida governor, a potential 2024 presidential rival."I just think it's dangerous, he's out on thin ice on that one, politically," Walker told Insider during a recent interview just before Trump formally announced his 2024 campaign. "I get that's his style, that's his instinct, it's worked before, it certainly worked in the 2016 primary process, but...it's a really high risk instinct.

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