Herschel Walker, Sen. Lindsey Graham talk race, education during campaign stop in Forsyth County

Justine Lookenott

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Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R) in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

(Forsyth County, GA) Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) was in Forsyth County for the second time on his campaign trail, stopping at The Cigar Shoppe on Thursday, October 27.

Walker’s last visit to the county was on September 8 at the Cumming Cigar Company. This time, he was accompanied by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), State Representative Lauren McDonald (R), and U.S. Congressional Candidate Dr. Rich McCormick (R). Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was scheduled to appear as well but could not make it due to his flight being late.

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Senate candidate Herschel Walker (R) at a campaign stop in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

After a few opening words from Sheriff Ron Freeman, McDonald, and McCormick, Graham took the stage to voice his support for Walker.

Naming several other Republican minority politicians and candidates, Graham said Walker has become a target from the opposition due to him being a Black man.

“Here's what liberals fear the most,” Graham said. “A strong, confident Black man being a Republican in Washington, and Herschel is the man. Herschel is confident in who he is and what he believes and conservatism is lucky to have him. And there are a bunch of young people, all kinds of people throughout the country, particularly young boys and girls of color who are going to say ‘Hey, you know what? If Herschel can do it I can do it!’ This is a liberal nightmare but things are changing for the Republican Party, all for the better.”

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

Walker addressed his October 14 debate with opponent incumbent Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock (D), criticizing his response to the controversy surrounding what is being taught in public schools.

“You have a president that calls you domestic terrorists because you want to learn what your kids are being taught,” Walker said. “...don’t go after our kids, don’t tell our kids that they’re white so they’re oppressive, that if you’re Black you’re a victim. No, we’re victorious.”

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Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman speaks at a Herschel Walker campaign stop in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

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U.S. Congressional Candidate Dr. Rich McCormick (R) speaks at a Herschel Walker campaign stop in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

Walker emphasized his belief in the need to get national security under control, help children falling behind in their education, protect women’s sports and control the Mexican/American border.

“They’re trying to take us down that elevator telling us ‘this is the new normal,’” Walker said. “It is not the new normal, don’t let them fool you, don’t let them trick you. This is not the new normal, we can do better.”

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State Representative Lauren McDonald (R) speaks at a Herschel Walker campaign stop in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

Walker ended his speech by encouraging everyone to vote and to “come together” as citizens of “the greatest nation ever.”

Governor Brian Kemp (R) and former Vice President Mike Pence (R) will be making a stop in Forsyth County on Tuesday, November 1 at the Cumming Cigar Company. Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams (D) and former President Barack Obama (D) will be at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park on Friday, October 28.

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A supporter holds a sign at Herschel Walker's campaign stop in Forsyth County on October 27(Image by Justine Lookenott)

The General Election and Special Election is on November 8.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

To learn more about Herschel Walker in Forsyth County, read “Senate candidate Herschel Walker delivers speech to Forsyth County during bus tour of Georgia.”

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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