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Herschel Walker. (Photo: Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate).

Polls show Verona man trailing slightly in close Georgia U.S. Senate runoff

Herschel Walker was one of four candidates with N.J. ties who was running for Senate in other states this year

By David Wildstein, December 04 2022 5:48 pm

Three polls over the last four days indicate a close race for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia in a Tuesday runoff where incumbent Raphael Warnock faces a Verona man, Republican Herschel Walker.

A CNN poll on Friday has Warnock ahead by four points, 52%-48%, just minimally outside the margin of error, while a WXIA-TV/Survey poll also released on Friday shows Warnock leading Walker by three points, 50%-47%.  A poll from Thursday by The Hill/Emerson College has Warnock in a statistical dead heat with Walker, 51%-49%.

The same The Hill/Emerson poll of Georgia general election voters shows a 2024 presidential race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump tied: Biden 44%, Trump 43%.  In another matchup, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leads Trump by four points, 47%-43%.

Democrats locked in control of the United States Senate after the November 8 election after Democrat John Fetterman defeated a Cliffside Park man, Republican Mehmet Oz, to flip an open GOP seat in Pennsylvania.  The re-election of Warnock would give Democrats a 51-49 majority in the Senate, without needing Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie.

The continued Democratic majority means that the senior U.S. Senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez, will remain as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

Walker resided in Verona from 1983 to 1985 while playing for the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team owned by Trump.  He continued to own his apartment at the Claridge House on Pompton Avenue until around 1995, after an NFL career took him to the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and in 1995, with the New York Giants.

Two other U.S. Senate candidates have lived in New Jersey:  Mark Kelly, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Arizona who won re-election, and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who lost her bid for an open GOP Senate seat.

Kelly, a former astronaut who won a special election for the Senate in 2020,  grew up in West Orange.  Beasley, a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, is a 1988 graduate of Rutgers University.

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