According to a poll released Wednesday by a political action committee supporting the University of Georgia football great, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker is leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock by ten points.
Walker received 51.4 percent of the vote in a survey of 2,500 registered Georgia voters, while Warnock received 41 percent. The poll was conducted by Alexandria, Virginia-based Grassroots Targeting on behalf of Walker’s 34N22 PAC from April 3 to April 16 via landline telephones, cellphones, and texts.
In a memo, 34N22 noted that Walker has built a double-digit lead despite the Warnock campaign blanketing the airwaves with more than $7 million in ad spending this year.
Republican strategist and Grassroots Targeting founder and CEO Blaise Hazelwood wrote in the memo, “Barring a monumental shift in the political landscape, Herschel Walker is in prime position to be the next United States senator from the state of Georgia.”
Walker can afford to look beyond the Republican primary next month to a general election matchup with Warnock in November. The Republican frontrunner is polling well ahead of several other Republican Senate candidates, whose combined support does not even come close to matching his.
According to the Grassroots Targeting poll, President Joe Biden’s approval ratings in Georgia are declining. Only 43.8 percent of voters polled approve of Biden’s job performance, and his approval rating among independents is even lower, at 41.9 percent.
The poll found Warnock’s approval rating at 45.2%.
In his bid for a full six-year term in the Senate, Warnock faces only minor Democratic primary opposition. In January of last year, he won the seat in a special election runoff, defeating incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler, who had been appointed to the Senate by Gov. Brian Kemp following the retirement of the late Sen. Johnny Isakson in 2019.
The margin of error for the poll was 1.96 percent.