A new poll published on the eve of the critical midterm elections shows Herschel Walker has opened up a two-point lead on Sen. Raphael Warnock (R-GA) in the battleground Georgia Senate race.
The poll was conducted by the Trafalgar Group between October 23 and November 2 and has Walker leading the incumbent, 48.9% to 46.5%. Libertarian Party candidate Chase Oliver was favored by 4.6% of respondents.
Trafalgar Senate Polling: 10/23-11/02
(R) Mehmet Oz: 48%
(D) John Fetterman: 46%
(R) Adam Laxalt: 50%
(D) Catherine Cortez Masto: 46%
(R) Herschel Walker: 49%
(D) Raphael Warnock: 47%
(R) Don Bolduc: 47%
(D) Maggie Hassan: 46% pic.twitter.com/Y1IwwqQwsI
— InteractivePolls (@IAPolls2022) November 7, 2022
Walker has been gaining ground on Warnock in recent days, and after their first debate he has now charged into the lead among likely voters.
The political newcomer and Heisman Trophy winner with the University of Georgia has been focusing on the economically crippling energy policies of Democrats and Warnock in the closing days of the campaign.
Walker said during an interview on Fox News on Sunday that Joe Biden’s references to “threats to democracy” appear to all be about “electing a Republican.” He said that “the biggest threat to democracy is to have him at the White House.”
He went on to say that things like Warnock’s vote against the Keystone pipeline are the biggest actual threats to democracy, as those votes “put us in an international threat.” Walker added that the energy policies enacted by Biden and Democrats have America now “going into our enemies to ask for energy. That’s a threat.”
Another poll conducted between November 1 and 2 by Remington Research Group shows Walker in the lead against Warnock by four points, 49% to 45%.
A Fox News poll published November 2 shows Walker ahead by a single point, 46% to 45%. In that poll, 5% of voters said they were still undecided.
The RealClearPolitics (RCP) polling average currently shows Walker has a narrow 0.5 percentage point lead over Warnock, 47.2% to 46.7%. RCP projects that the Georgia Senate race is headed to a December 6 runoff election. Under Georgia state election law, if no candidate receives more than 50% of the total vote in the general election, the top two vote-getters will face off in a one-on-one runoff next month.
RCP also projects that the GOP will retake control of the Senate after the midterms, gaining 3 seats total to take a 53-47 majority over Democrats.