In the lead-up to Georgia's July 22 GOP runoff election for U.S. Senate, Congressman Jack Kingston of Savannah has received an endorsement from the Heisman Trophy-winning University of Georgia football legend Herschel Walker. Walker, a Georgia native and star running back of UGA's undefeated 1980 season, says in a new ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that he cares "deeply about Georgia's future."

"Thats why I want my friend, Jack Kingston, carrying the ball for us in Washington," says Walker. Watch the ad below:

Kingston is a UGA alumnus himself, while his opponent for Republican nomination, David Perdue, attended rival school Georgia Tech.

A new poll from PPP, a Democratic firm, shows Kingston with a 12-point lead over Perdue in the runoff. The winner of the nomination will face Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn in November for the chance to succeed retiring Republican senator Saxby Chambliss. The PPP poll found Kingston tied with Nunn at 45 percent, while Perdue trails Nunn slightly, 48 percent to 46 percent.

Update: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Karen Handel, the former secretary of state who came in third in the May 20 Senate primary, will endorse Kingston over Perdue for the GOP nomination in an official statement Wednesday afternoon.

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