Gov. Kemp joins Herschel Walker on the campaign trail

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp joins Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker at a campaign event in Smyrna on Saturday, marking the first time the two have campaigned together. (Matthew Pearson/WABE)

Gov. Brian Kemp joined Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker on the campaign trail Saturday.

The campaign stop at a popular gun store in Cobb County marked the first time the two have rallied together.

Walker is in a Dec. 6 runoff against Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Kemp is coming off his Election Day victory over Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams and Libertarian challenger Shane Hazel.

“I just cannot thank y’all enough for being here. Listen, as we stand here today, I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of our state. And we’re gonna keep our state moving in the right direction because we stopped Stacey and saved Georgia, and I want to thank y’all for that.”

Speaking to the crowd gathered outside Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Kemp focused his seven-minute speech on some of the same themes from his campaign for Governor, including blaming the Biden Administration for inflation and gas prices.

“That’s why we need Herschel Walker in the United States Senate. He will go and fight for those values that we believe in, here in our state. And that’s why it’s time to retire Raphael Warnock and send Herschel Walker to the United States Senate.”

During his 17-minute speech, Walker stuck with much of the same topics he has been campaigning on in the past few weeks.

That included his personal life story, attacks on Warnock, and connecting Warnock to the Biden Administration.

“All I been hearing him talk is he was going to go to Washington and represent us, but he went to Washington represented Joe Biden. He likes to raise our taxes and spend our money. Can you believe that?”

Continuing his speech, Walker spoke about his belief in the importance of backing the police and the military. He also made multiple mentions of being against “putting men in women’s sports,” referring to transgender athletes playing in girls’ sports.

Walker did not make mention of this week’s Fulton County court decisions blocking Georgia’s six-week abortion ban or allowing Saturday voting on Nov. 26.

Kemp asked the crowd to vote early and bring others.

One of the notable data points from Election Day was Walker finishing more than 200,000 votes behind Kemp.

Beyond appearing on the campaign trail, Kemp is lending a key part of his campaign infrastructure to help Walker.

As first reported by POLITICO, that includes Kemp’s door-knocking, data analytics and phone banking programs. They are being transferred to the Senate Leadership Fund, which is a PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mandatory in-person early voting is Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2. There are some counties that will have in-person early this week, along with next weekend.