Over the weekend a rumor became reality as Georgia’s Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black announced he is entering the race for U.S. Senate. Black seeks to challenge incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock next fall.
Black enters with his own strengths. He has painstakingly built a base of support in rural Georgia over three terms in office — and 40 years in the farm business — that will come in handy during a contested Republican primary.
He breezed to victories during his three election campaigns, and in 2020 was one of Collins’ top surrogates on the campaign trail.
After Hurricane Michael ravaged South Georgia, he was one of the leading advocates for federal relief. Though he has lower visibility in vote-rich metro Atlanta, he might be best known for championing the “Georgia Grown” farm-to-table initiative.
Currently two other Republicans: Kelvin King, and Latham Saddler are already in this race.
Former UGA running back Herschel Walker, who has been urged by former President Trump to run, did not attend this weekend’s Georgia Republican Party convention – not the behavior of a potential candidate.