Trump is reportedly furious that leading Republicans are trying to convince him not to run in the Georgia Senate runoff: report

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Former President Donald Trump shakes hands with Herschel Walker at his Save America rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia on September 25, 2021.Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

  • Trump-enraged Republicans are trying to dissuade him from running in the Georgia runoff, according to Rolling Stone.

  • Trump’s status in the GOP took a major hit after the midterm elections.

  • Republican Herschel Walker will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in the Senate runoff in December.

Former President Donald Trump is reportedly furious that leading Republicans are trying to dissuade him from traveling to Georgia to campaign for the party’s nominee in next month’s Senate runoff, Rolling Stone reported.

Two sources familiar with the matter told the publication leading GOP figures and Trump allies had begged the former president not to hold a rally in the state on the eve of the runoff between Republican candidate Herschel Walker, who supported Trump, and Raphael Warnock, his democratic opposition.

Neither candidate received more than 50% of the vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 8, meaning that under state law the election will be decided in a runoff.

The vote will determine whether the Democrats increase their majority in the Senate.

According to the sources, the former president has also said he will take a bad stance if the party invites Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor widely regarded as Trump’s main challenger for the 2024 GOP nomination, to run in the runoff.

Trump backed hundreds of candidates in the midterm elections to consolidate his grip on the Republican Party before announcing his 2024 bid. But the strategy appears to have backfired, with many underperforming in key races and Democrats defying expectations of an election annihilation to retain control of the Senate and limit the GOP to just a narrow majority in the House of Representatives.

Trump’s relentless promotion of conspiracy theories about electoral fraud in 2020 has been blamed by some for the Republican Party’s two defeats in the Georgia Senate last year. According to Politico, critics believed that this put many party supporters off the election.

Walker’s campaign has more than enough controversy of its own to deal with, having been marred by previous reports that he paid a former girlfriend for an abortion over a decade ago, though he’s now calling for a near-total ban on the procedure in the campaign trail.

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