Polls favor a Walker vs. Warnock battle in Peach State

Polls favor a Walker vs. Warnock battle in Peach State

Former Georgia running back and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Herschel Walker greets fans before a college football game between UAB and the University of Georgia in Atlanta on September 11, 2021. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Polls favor a Walker vs. Warnock battle in Peach State

A conservative political pundit believes name recognition and the endorsement of a previous U.S. president are two reasons Herschel Walker holds a commanding lead in GOP polls for the upcoming Senate race in Georgia.


The University of Georgia football legend has nearly a 60-point lead in May 24th GOP primary, according to a compilation of polls by RealClearPolitics. That lead is based on polls conducted before the recent Donald Trump rally held in Commerce, Georgia, for Walker and other GOP hopefuls. Trump has endorsed Walker, who wants the Senate career of progressive Democrat Raphael Warnock to be a short one.

Rob Chambers, vice president of AFA Action, credits Walker's lead – only in part – to Trump's endorsement.

"That's going to be some tremendous support," he emphasizes. "[But] Herschel Walker … has some pretty significant name recognition already – and he happens to be African American."

Chambers, Rob (AFA Action) Chambers

That, says Chambers, means a lot of Democrats in Georgia "could cross over and perhaps even vote for Herschel Walker in the primary."

RealClearPolitics' current average of polls in a potential Walker vs. Warnock contest indicates essentially a dead heat between the two.

Last fall, Chambers echoed some concerns expressed by other political observers about Walker's lack of experience in the political arena. "[He] has not served public office, so we don't have any type of record on Herschel Walker," the political analyst said at the time.

But favoring the former Georgia running back and Heisman Trophy winner, Chambers argues now, is the fact that Warnock has to run on the record of the Democratic Party.

"You have issues like inflation, high gas prices [and] grocery prices … job insecurity, food insecurity, things like that," he lists. "Who's helping make that possible? It's the Democratic Party, the party of Joe Biden."

Warnock, the first black senator from Georgia, was elected to the Senate in a special runoff election in January 2021 against Republican Kelly Loeffler. Just days after being sworn in, the self-described "pro-choice pastor" announced he would seek election to a full term in 2022.

Editor's Note: AFA Action is an affiliate of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates AFN.net.