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

Verona man in runoff for Georgia U.S. Senate seat; poll shows him trailing

Herschel Walker, who lived at the Claridge House from 1983 to 1995, is seeing to unseat Democrat Raphael Warnock

By David Wildstein, November 28 2022 7:41 am

Early voting in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff began on Friday, where a Verona man, Republican Herschel Walker, faces Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democratic incumbent.

More than 90,000 Georgia voters cast early votes on Saturday, about 1.3% of the total electorate.   In comparison, New Jerseyans cast 25,658 early votes on the first Saturday of early voting in October 2022.

Georgia has about 500,000 more registered voters than New Jersey, and roughly 1.4 million more people.

Walker lived in Verona from 1983 to 1985 while playing for the USFL team owned by Donald 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.

A Fabrizio/Anzalone poll for the AARP released last Tuesday put Warnock ahead by four points, just outside the margin of error.

Warnock led Walker by 38,256 votes on November 8, 49.45% to 48.49%.  But Georgia law requires statewide candidates to win with a majority, and Libertarian Chase Oliver scored 2.07% of the vote.

One New Jerseyan, West Orange native Mark Kelly, was re-elected to the U.S. Senate in the November general election.  Kelly is a retired astronaut and a Democrat.

Republican Mehmet Oz, who resided in Cliffside Park until last year, list his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania.  Democrat Cheri Beasley, a former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, was also defeated in her U.S. Senate bid; Beasley lived in New Brunswick for four years while attending Rutgers University.

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