The Georgia Senate race is slated to be one of the most competitive during the 20202 midterms–34 seats will be up for grabs across the country. Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, the same one who claimed to have a COVID cure, is narrowly winning an early poll against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA), according to The Hill. The Hill/Emerson College poll surveyed 1,013 Georgia registered voters from April 1-3.
Warnock won a tight race in the special election in 2021 and is seeking a full Senate term. Forty-five percent of registered voters in the Hill/Emerson College poll released Wednesday support Warnock, while Walker is backed by 49 percent of voters. Six percent of voters remain undecided, and the Republican’s lead is just outside the survey’s margin of error of three percentage points.
Democrats are hopeful that Warnock’s resume, including his service at Martin Luther King Jr.’s old church, could help him repeat his win this year. Some Republicans have also voiced concerns that Democrats will go after Walker over his past business practices and the fact that he has been accused of abuse by his ex-wife.
There is also news concerning the gubernatorial race that Democrats should watch. Stacey Abrams (D) is currently trailing her potential Republican opponents in her second bid to become governor. According to another Hill/Emerson College poll, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) leads Abrams by a 51 percent to 44 percent margin, and former Sen. David Perdue (R), who is mounting a primary challenge against Kemp, leads Abrams by a 49 percent to 44 percent margin. Much of the support for each candidate is divided across racial lines.
From The Hill:
The Republican candidates lead on the strength of their performance among white voters, the poll found. More than three-quarters of white voters say they would support either Kemp or Perdue over Abrams.
The poll shows Abrams leading by substantial margins of about 40 points among Black voters, who make up about a third of Georgia’s electorate. But her advantage among those voters is likely to grow, as more than a third of Black voters say they remain undecided.
Both Democratic candidates are said to be hurt by Biden’s current approval rating in the state. “Biden’s approval rating in Georgia is underwater, with 42 percent of voters approving of the job he’s doing and 49 percent disapproving.”