According to a recent survey, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock is ahead of his Republican opponent and football hero Herschel Walker by double digits in the decisive Senate race in battleground Georgia, Fox News informed.
The Quinnipiac University poll, which was made public on Wednesday, also indicates that the rematch for governor in 2022 between the conservative Republican Governor Brian Kemp and his Democratic opponent and defender of voting rights Stacey Abrams is a tie.
Among the Peach State registered voters, Warnock has a 54 percent to 44 percent advantage over Walker, according to the poll, which was conducted June 23–27.
That was a significant shift from Quinnipiac’s January poll, which found the Georgia Senate race to be essentially deadlocked.
Early June survey results from East Carolina University also indicated a tie.
Four decades ago, Walker, who received the Heisman Trophy and assisted the University of Georgia in winning the college football national championship, entered the Republican Senate primary to take on Warnock last summer after receiving months of encouragement to do so from longtime friend and former President Donald Trump.
In the Republican Senate primary held last month, Walker easily defeated a few of his challengers.
Republicans believe that Warnock, who is the senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached and who won the seat from GOP Senantor Kelly Loeffler by a hair’s breadth a year and a half ago, is extremely vulnerable as he seeks re-election.
The battle is one of a few throughout the nation that might determine if the GOP regains the majority in the Senate they had lost when Warnock and now-Senator Jon Ossoff won Georgia’s dual runoff elections on January 5, 2021.
According to the poll, Warnock has a 62 percent to 33 percent advantage over Herschel Walker among the independent voters and a double-digit advantage among female voters compared to Walker’s single-digit edge among male voters. These factors are what are driving Warnock’s total 10-point lead.
Black people support Warnock 88 percent to 10 percent, while White voters back Walker 62 to 35 percent.
Walker is rated underwater at 37 percent – 42 percent, whereas Warnock has a 49 percent – 37 percent favorable/unfavorable rating.