Raphael Warnock leads Herschel Walker by nine points in the Georgia Senate race, as Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams battle for governor: poll

Raphael Warnock

Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia.Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File

  • According to a new survey from SurveyUSA, Warnock has a 48%-39% lead over Walker in the Georgia Senate race.

  • Warnock is aiming for a full six-year term after winning a runoff election in the Senate in January 2021.

  • Walker, an ex-NFL player, is the first political candidate to be backed by former President Trump.

Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Herschel Walker in the state’s high-profile Senate contest, according to a new poll conducted by SurveyUSA for 11Alive News.

The questionnaire showed Warnock with 48% support among likely voters in the Peach State, while Walker got 39% support; eight percent of respondents were undecided.

In the poll, nine out of ten Democrats (90%) were behind Warnock, while Walker was supported by 77% of Republicans; 10% of Republican respondents switched to support Warnock instead of Walker in the survey.

Critically, Warnock has strong leads among respondents in both urban and suburban areas, whose strong support from Democratic candidates recent cycles have transformed Georgia from a Republican stronghold into a swing state highly coveted by both political parties.

Walker — a former University of Georgia football star who was born in Augusta and grew up in rural Wrightsville — held a 28-point lead among voters nationwide. While Republicans have performed strongly with voters nationwide for years, Democratic gains in the burgeoning Atlanta metropolitan area have begun to cut deep into GOP margins during recent statewide races.

Republicans believe that Walker’s near-universal name recognition in the state and the early endorsement of former President Donald Trump will be key in what’s ready for a GOP-friendly midterm electorate.

But in addition to Warnock making some breakthrough among GOP voters, he also led Walker with independents (44%-35%), a group that has supported fewer Republicans in races across the state in recent cycles. (In the 2020 election, current President Joe Biden won the Georgia independents by a 53% to 44% margin over then-President Donald Trump. per CNN exit polling.)

Herschel Walker

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker.AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

And Walker was faced with countless questions about his campaign, from the public revelations about the number of children he has fathered comments he made regarding climate policy and China’s air.

Meanwhile, Warnock has tried to make it clear that he has focused on the economy in light of Biden’s mediocre approval ratings.

The senator, who was first elected in a runoff election in 2021 against Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, is aiming for his first full six-year term this fall.

In the governor’s race, incumbent Republican government Brian Kemp led Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams by a razor-thin margin of 45%-44%; four percent of respondents said they would support another candidate, while seven percent were undecided.

In the poll, Abrams had 92% of Democrats, while Kemp had the support of 87% of Republicans.

However, unlike the Warnock-Walker matchup, independents supported Kemp by a margin of 20% (48%-28%), a clear lead the Republican backs, despite Abrams having better work so far. provided by consolidating support within the party.

As Abrams ran unopposed in the Democratic governor nomination, Kemp had to strike back challenge from ex-Sen. David Perdue, who had been endorsed by Trump as a result of the governor’s refusal to help the former president reverse the 2020 election results in the state.

Biden won Georgia in 2020 presidential race, but Trump has insisted – without any evidence – that there was a widespread election crime.

The race between Abrams and Kemp is a repeat of the 2018 gubernatorial election, when the now governor defeated the former Democratic state legislator and prominent voting rights activist 50.2%-48.8%, narrowly won the contest and avoided a separate runoff election by crossing the 50% threshold.

SurveyUSA surveyed 604 likely voters from July 21 to July 24; the survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

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