The former University of Georgia running back, Heisman Trophy winner, and College Football Hall of Famer, Herschel Walker, announced his support for the Republican Brian Kemp on Friday.
The race for governor in Georgia is a tight race according to recent polls. One poll has Kemp ahead slightly while another poll has Stacey Abrams by a small margin. The Libertarian candidate is pulling about 2 percent in the poll going into Tuesday’s election.
Early voting ended on Friday, and as of 5 pm, roughly 1,830,076 ballots have been cast statewide. In the 2016 general election, over 4.1 million voters cast a ballot. For 2014’s general election, 2.5 million ballots were cast. Early voting projections are reaching presidential levels.
The Kemp Campaign sent out the following release on Walker’s endorsement:
Today, University of Georgia star running back and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker joined Bulldog great, Coach Vince Dooley, in supporting Athens native and UGA graduate Brian Kemp for Governor.
“I am proud to stand with Brian Kemp as our next Governor,” said Walker. “He is the clear choice for a stronger, safer and a more prosperous future. Please join me in supporting Brian Kemp as the next ‘Head Coach’ for the great state of Georgia!”
“I am honored to earn the strong support of football legend, Herschel Walker, in this historic election that will determine Georgia’s future,” said Brian Kemp. “With the support of the Dawg Nation and leaders like Herschel and Coach Dooley, we can win at the ballot box and put hardworking Georgians first. Keep Choppin’ and Go Dawgs!”
Walker previously endorsed President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Kemp has also been endorsed by former Bulldog’s head coach Vince Dooley this election season.
In recent days, celebrities, like Oprah, have come to Georgia to campaign for Stacey Abrams to turn out the vote. Notable politicians, like Vice President Mike Pence, have held rallies for Brian Kemp.
Trump is expected to be in Macon on Sunday for Kemp before the elections.