Poll: Herschel Walker Holds Narrow Lead over Democrat Warnock in Georgia Senate Race

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2021, file photo Senate candidate Herschel Walker speaks during former President Donald Trump's Save America rally in Perry, Ga. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, Oct. 27, endorsed Herschel Walker’s Republican primary bid for a Senate seat in Georgia. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)
AP Photo/Ben Gray, File

Republican Herschel Walker continues to hold a slim lead over Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in the race for U.S. Senate in Georgia, according to a poll published Thursday.

The poll, conducted by Fox 5 Atlanta and Insider Advantage, found Walker three points ahead of Warnock. Walker received 47 percent compared to Warnock’s 44 percent, while libertarian candidate Chase Oliver received four percent.

Five percent of respondents said they were undecided.

The poll, conducted September 6 and 7, is the latest in a string of polls that have shown Walker with a slight edge over Warnock. The results are also nearly the inverse of those found in the previous Fox 5 Atlanta and Insider Advantage poll, taken in July, which showed Warnock up by three points.

The polling numbers suggest Walker, a well-liked Georgia football legend, has picked up momentum heading into the final couple months of the race.

This latest poll comes right as Walker launched his “Unite Georgia” statewide bus tour September 7 and right after he celebrated the start of his alma mater University of Georgia’s football season, appearing on the field after the first game, as well as on a bus alongside his Heisman Trophy, the prestigious award he won in college.

The poll also comes after Warnock, a proponent of wiping out student loans, publicly celebrated President Joe Biden’s announcement that the president will do just that to the tune of up to $10,000 to $20,000 for millions of Americans. Warnock, alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), led the push for Biden to act on student debt.

FILE - In this June 15, 2021 file photo, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaks to a reporter after the Senate Democratic Caucus met to discuss progress on an infrastructure bill and voting rights legislation, at the Capitol in Washington. The U.S. Senate nomination in a premier battleground like Georgia should be a plum political prize, but a year before Republican voters choose a nominee for the 2022 midterms, they have no clear options. That leaves some GOP power players worried about the party’s chances to defeat freshman Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock as they try to reclaim a Senate majority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Raphael Warnock after a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington on June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Walker blasted Warnock for his praise of the student loan cancellation plan, lamenting amid forty-year-high inflation and analyses that American taxpayers will bear the brunt of the student loan erasure costs, Warnock’s “reckless spending knows no limits.”

While the Senate race remains tight, the poll found Gov. Brian Kemp (R) widening his lead over Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Kemp, who beat Abrams by a razor-thin margin in 2018, is now ahead of his opponent by eight points in their rematch, according to the poll.

Kemp received 50 percent, while Abrams received 42 percent. Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel received one percent, and six percent of respondents said they were undecided.

Kemp leads “in every age group,” the pollster noted, while Walker holds a strong lead among those age 40 to 64 and Warnock leads among younger voters and senior voters.

The poll was conducted among 550 likely voters and had a margin of error of 4.2 percent.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.


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