A new poll indicates that Georgia GOP candidate Herschel Walker is gaining speed in the Peach Tree State’s senate race against incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA).
The poll, conducted by Insider Advantage/Fox 5, shows that Warnock has lost four points since July, while Walker has picked up two points. The former University of Georgia football star now leads Warnock 47% – 44%.
“Warnock is winning among younger voters and seniors but trails badly among those 40-64. Men support Walker at 60%, while women support Warnock at 55%,” InsiderAdvantage Chairman Matt Towery told Fox 5. “Walker is receiving 12% support from African American respondents.”
Towery also predicted that Georgia could see another run-off election.
“With only 4% undecided, this race could very well be headed to a General Election runoff given the fact that there seems to be few points among the various demographics up for grabs,” he added.
In 2020, Warnock defeated then-GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler when the general election went into a run-off after neither candidate secured more than 50% of the vote.
In late August, a similar poll from Emerson College showed that Walker leads Warnock 46 – 44%.
“Walker leads Warnock among rural voters 58% to 24% while Warnock leads Walker 66% to 25% among urban voters. In the suburbs, voters are breaking for Walker by a nine-point margin, 50% to 41%,” Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, said in a press release.
Earlier this week, Walker released a fiery new ad, blasting his Democratic pastor opponent over his comments on race, as well as recent rhetoric from other members of the Democratic Party.
“Senator Warnock believes America is a bad country full of racist people,” Walker said in the ad. “I believe we’re a great country full of generous people. Warnock wants to divide us. I want to bring us together.”
Walker is endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump and has recently campaigned with national GOP figures like former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley.
In reaction to the latest poll, Trump stated, “Herschel is looking good—a shining star for Georgia.”
Haley tweeted, “It’s a great day in Georgia! If you want a leader who is tough on crime, puts parents in charge of their kids’ education, and knows the value of a dollar, @HerschelWalker is the Senator for you.”
It's a great day in Georgia! If you want a leader who is tough on crime, puts parents in charge of their kids' education, and knows the value of a dollar, @HerschelWalker is the Senator for you. @TeamHerschel #GASen pic.twitter.com/R9e9huMa7j
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) September 9, 2022
For his part, Walker has continued to tie Warnock to President Joe Biden, who remains woefully unpopular.
“Warnock and Biden have brought us nothing but division and chaos,” Walker tweeted Friday while sharing photos of his campaign stop with Haley. “When I get to Washington, that will change.”
— Herschel Walker (@HerschelWalker) September 9, 2022
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