Herschel Walker, a Republican running for the Senate, hopes to unseat Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia and take back a seat the GOP narrowly lost in a runoff in January 2021. However, with 100 days until the November midterm elections, the former football star seems to be falling behind the liberal incumbent.
In a contest that may potentially determine which party controls the Senate, Walker has the support of both Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, and former President Donald Trump. Walker aims to keep Georgia’s Democratic momentum going in the meantime.
President Joe Biden won the state in 2020, making history as the first Democratic nominee since 1992. In contrast, in tight runoff elections, Warnock and colleague senator Jon Ossoff were able to flip both of Georgia’s Senate seats for Democrats.
Walker and Warnock had previously been neck-and-neck in the polls, but a recent incident surrounding the number of kids Walker has seems to have hurt the former football star’s popularity with voters. The contest is still close despite the incumbent Democrat’s edge over his GOP challenger.
Warnock is now in the lead by roughly 4.4 points according to the Real Clear Politics average of Georgia polls. In Georgia, the incumbent Democrat is endorsed by 47.6 percent of voters, while Walker is supported by 43.2%.
Fox News polled viewers from July 22 to 26; Walker was found to be 4 points behind. Just 42% of registered voters supported the Trump-endorsed candidate, compared to 46% who favored Warnock. A total of 901 registered voters participated in the survey, which had a plus or minus 3 point margin of error.
According to WXIA-TV/SurveyUSA polling conducted between July 21 and 24, the incumbent Democrat had a wider advantage of 9 points. 48 percent of respondents endorsed Warnock, while just 39 percent backed Walker. A total of 604 probable voters were surveyed, and the margin of error was plus or minus 5.3 points.
Prior to it, a July 14–22 survey by the Atlanta Journal–Constitution gave Warnock a 3-point lead. The Democratic senator received 46% of the vote, while her Republican opponent received 43%. The sample size was little over 900 potential voters, and the error margin was plus or minus 3.3%.