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Herschel Walker and Donald Trump

( – Herschel Walker, a Republican Senate candidate, has pulled in nearly $10 million in fundraising for his Senate campaign as he attempts to unseat Georgia’s Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in November’s midterm elections.

Walker, who won a Heisman Trophy as a college football star and propelled the University of Georgia to a national championship, broke the announcement on Wednesday that his campaign had raised almost $10 million between launching in late August and December of last year.

The Senate hopeful’s team shared the figures first with Fox News, revealing that the sum had been raised from donations from 44,364 donors from all 50 states.

In a statement showcasing his fundraising figures, Walker said he had traveled “all over the Peach State… meeting thousands of hardworking Georgians who are fed up with the direction our country is headed.”

He added that although he had “been blessed with many amazing opportunities, running for U.S. Senate to represent my home state is the greatest honor and privilege of my life.”

Walker continued by saying he couldn’t do it without the help of supporters before declaring he was looking forward to winning the primaries in May and elections in November.

Four other Republicans –– Businessman and former Navy SEAL Officer and Director of Intelligence Latham Saddler, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Air Force veteran and businessman Kelvin King, and former state representative Josh Clark –– are contending for Georgia’s GOP Senate nomination. Despite this, Walker is the clear front-runner considering he has been encouraged to run and endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is widely recognized in Georgia for his extensive accomplishments.

Pointing to the fundraising haul, Walker’s campaign manager Scott Paradise said the figure –– “likely the largest in the country for a non-incumbent” –– was proof Georgia Republicans were “united behind Herschel Walker and are ready to take on Senator Warnock.”

But, Walker’s critics say despite running a carefully scripted campaign, Walker remains untested on the campaign trail. They also highlight that his opponents could use his public struggles with mental illness and accusations by his ex-wife of physical abuse as ammunition to poke holes in his campaign.

If this is the case, it could hinder the GOP’s aims to win back the Senate majority through Walker, considering he faces the Democrats’ Raphael Warnock, who has amassed $23 million in campaign funding.