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Herschel Walker leads Raphael Warnock in tight GA Senate race

Republican Herschel Walker holds a narrow lead over incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in a hypothetical matchup in the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The poll, conducted by Emerson College Polling and the hill from April 1-3, found Walker with a four-point advantage over Warnock. Walker received 49% support compared to Warnock’s 45% support, while 6% of respondents said they were undecided on a candidate.

The poll was conducted among 1,013 registered voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percent.

Walker, a former University of Georgia football star and Heisman Trophy winner, has for months polled narrowly ahead of Warnock, and still within the margins of polling error, indicating a highly competitive general election is looming. on the horizon. The race will also be closely watched nationally as it is one of the few that can determine a majority in the Senate next year.

With the general election results looming, Walker continues to be seen as a shoo-in for the Republican primary, holding a large — albeit small — lead over his opponents.

In the primary, Walker came in with 57%, followed by Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black with 13% and several other candidates with single-digit support. Sixteen percent of respondents said they were undecided.

The Republican primary poll questions were conducted with 509 likely primary voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3%.

Overall, the poll suggests Democrats face a tough climb in the Peach State battleground. Like Warnock, the poll found Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams trailing her potential Republican challengers closely. The pair of Democrats, who are two of the highest-funded candidates in the nation, are also competing in a midterm year that, historically speaking, should bode well for Republicans.

Senator Raphael Warnock speaks during a Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill March 3, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Warnock, a longtime pastor and skilled speaker, went so far as double himself “the most vulnerable Senate Democrat awaiting re-election” as he seeks to boost his fundraising numbers ahead of the general election phase of the race.

Warnock’s messaging looked successful as the Georgia Democrat ended the final quarter of 2021 as the nation’s top fundraiser, raising $9.8 million and bringing in a monstrous $23 million in cash.

Walker, who also closed 2021 as one of the strongest fundraisers in the country, is competing in the race for the best endorsements from the Republican Party’s dueling factions, i.e. the former president Donald Trump and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

In terms of age demographics, the poll showed Walker doing better with voters over 49, while Warnock did much better with voters under 30.

The poll also showed relatively even splits between different education levels of voters, except for those with the lowest level of education, which was a high school diploma or less. Walker outscored Warnock by more than 20% with this group of voters.

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

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