EXCLUSIVE — Josh Clark, one of six candidates running in Georgia’s Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, said he believes he can pull out enough votes against front-runner Herschel Walker to force a runoff election.

Walker, who carries former President Donald Trump’s endorsement and is known for his days as a University of Georgia star running back, has long held a commanding lead in the polls, with some listing him ahead by 56 points.

However, Clark, who was just endorsed by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, told the Washington Examiner that the main question is not whether Walker will get the most votes but whether he will garner more than 50% to declare him the winner after Tuesday.

Former Georgia State Rep. and current GOP Senate candidate Josh Clark is hopeful he can force a Republican primary run-off with Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. (Credit: Josh Clark)

“The trends are with us,” Clark said, noting that he has made up the most ground since joining the race in November 2021.

One poll tracking Georgian voters’ opinions shows Clark ahead of Walker by almost 2 points at 33.7% as of Monday morning.

Clark said that while he joins fellow Georgians in their love for Walker, he does not believe the Heisman Trophy winner has the political experience to win in November against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock (D-GA).

“I have more legislative experience than [Warnock and the other Republican primary candidates],” Clark said, pointing to his time served as a state legislator between 2011 and 2015. “I’m not a career politician. I served and term-limited myself and came home. I think I am the only candidate ready to go to work on day one.”


Of multiple pressing issues concerning the country, Clark said protecting life is of utmost importance.

“That was the first conversation I had with my mother at the age of 6: ‘Are we Democrat or Republican?’ And she said we support the party that supports life,” Clark recalled.

Growing up poor as the oldest of ten kids, Clark said he learned the value of family, hard work, and overcoming challenges. He noted these are virtues and lessons he and his wife, Chelsey, are passing on to their children, ages 6-18.
(Credit: Josh Clark)

“The Declaration of Independence says, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,’” Clark quoted. “What does liberty mean if we don’t have life?”

Clark said he is also concerned about upholding the value of the nuclear family in education amid the Left’s transgender "agenda."

“You cannot have a prosperous, safe, and secure community or country without strong family units,” Clark said of the Left. “They’re absolutely on a mission to confuse and indoctrinate our children at a very young age.”

The Republican hopeful said America is being destroyed by Democrats in attempts to indoctrinate children, compromise election integrity, and open up the country’s borders.

“When I get [to Washington, D.C.], I’m aware of all three of these, and the fastest way to destroy it is through our borders, so the first thing we’ve got to do is hold every bill hostage until that is fixed,” Clark said.


Clark added that he would join the voices of other Republican senators, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), and promise that there would be no sending of funds overseas before America’s borders are secure.

Walker did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment.