Herschel Walker Narrowly Leads Raphael Warnock In New Georgia Election Poll

The Rev. Warnock is running for a full Senate term after making history in a special election last year.

In one of the closely watched 2022 midterm election races, Republican candidate Herschel Walker narrowly leads Democratic incumbent Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock for the U.S. Senate, according to recent poll figures from Emerson College Polling/The Hill poll.

Walker, a former college and NFL football star, received support from 49 percent of likely voters compared to 45 percent for Warnock, with 6 percent undecided.

The poll, released on Wednesday (April 6), surveyed 1,013 registered Georgia voters from April 1-3.

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Warnock was serving as the senior pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church when he won a special election in 2021. He made history as Georgia's first Black senator and the first Black Democrat to represent a southern state in the Senate.

He’s now running for a full term, likely against Walker, a Donald Trump supporter, in a Senate that’s evenly split, 50-50, between the two parties. Right now, Democrats are in power in the Senate because Vice President Kamala Harris holds the deciding vote to break ties.

Before we see the marquee match, Walker must win the GOP primary. The poll suggests that Walker holds a big lead of 57 percent over his Republican rivals for the party’s nomination.

Meanwhile, in the Georgia gubernatorial race, incumbent Brian Kemp has an 11-point lead over former Sen. David Perdue for the Republican nomination, according to poll figures. Both GOP candidates lead Democrat Stacey Abrams. Kemp leads Abrams 51 percent to 44 percent with 5 percent of voters undecided. She trails Perdue 44 percent to 49 percent with 7 percent undecided.

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“Abrams holds the majority of support in the general election among voters under 50, while Kemp and Perdue have a strong majority of voters over 50. Abrams’ chances in November depend in large part on whether or not these younger voters turnout,” said Spencer Kimball, executive director of Emerson College Polling.

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