A brand-new survey shows GOP incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp and Republican Senate candidate Hershel Walker ahead of their Democratic challengers in Georgia, thanks in part to a recent announcement of another government giveaway by President Joe Biden.
The Daily Wire reported Tuesday that Emerson College released an exclusive poll showing political newcomer and former NFL star Walker with a two-point lead over Sen. Raphael Warnock, 46-44 percent, a few months out from the crucial midterms. Meanwhile, Kemp leads Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams by a wider, 4-point margin 48-44 percent.
“Walker leads Warnock among rural voters 58% to 24% while Warnock leads Walker 66% to 25% among urban voters. In the suburbs, voters are breaking for Walker by a nine-point margin, 50% to 41%,” Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling, noted in a press release, The Daily Wire noted, adding:
The suburbs were a crucial component of President Joe Biden’s Peach State victory, and the lengthy lead in that demographic for Walker could spell good news for the GOP — but Walker’s lead has tightened since Emerson last polled voters in July.
According to the poll, 36% of voters said the economy was their number one concern.
“While the economy is the most important issue for both male and female voters, the second most important issue differs,” Kimball said. “Among women, abortion access is the most important concern for 28%, whereas among men, 19% say crime is the most important issue.”
In a previous interview, Walker — a University of Georgia football standout who won the Heisman Trophy and whose candidacy is backed by former President Donald Trump — explained his motivation to run for political office: The greatness of his home state.
“That’s one reason I decided to run for office,” Walker said. “I know Georgia is a good place.”
“Look at myself, that’s where I came from. And I’m black. That’s another thing,” Walker added. “I grew up in, I think, one of the greatest states in the United States of America. Right now, from what people are saying, I can still say it’s one of the best states, and I am going to fight to continue to prove that.”
He also praised the state for having come a long way towards racial harmony since the 1970s.
“We’ve come so far,” he noted, according to The Daily Wire. “Ten years before I got to the University of Georgia the first black players played at the University of Georgia. Today, I will bet you, probably the majority of the players at University of Georgia are African American.”
“So, we’ve come so far since 1971,” he continued. “Do we have a ways to go? We do. But are we getting there? Yes, we are.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently held a fundraiser for Walker and a pair of GOP candidates from McConnell’s home state.
“I pick out three of our candidates every summer that I think have the best shot at winning and invite them,” McConnell said. “And I picked these three because I thought they were in critical states and had a good chance of winning.”