Herschel Walker, the Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, is holding a lead against Democratic senator Raphael Warnock, according to a poll by Emerson College on Tuesday.
Forty-six percent of very likely Georgia voters said they plan to vote for Walker, while 44 percent said they would back Warnock and 7 percent were undecided. The last Emerson poll in April showed Walker with a 4-point lead, indicating a minor tightening of the race, with Walker still maintaining an edge within the margin of error.
The Emerson survey follows a month of data from other pollsters that found Warnock with a small but consistent lead over the former NFL star. Walker is currently trailing Warnock by 3.3 points in the Real Clear Politics polling average.
Walker’s advantage is most prominent among rural and suburban voters, according to Emerson.
“Walker leads Warnock among rural voters 58 percent to 24 percent while Warnock leads Walker 66 percent to 25 percent among urban voters,”
Emerson reported. “In the suburbs, voters are breaking for Walker by a nine-point margin, 50 percent to 41 percent.”
The poll also showed Republican governor Brian Kemp ahead of Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams, 48 percent to 44 percent.
While the races remain tight, there are still signs Democrats face an uphill battle in the state. Fifty-seven percent said they disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job so far. A plurality of respondents, 36 percent, said their top concern is the economy—a 16-point lead over those who listed “abortion access” as their main issue.
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