A new Emerson College poll has former Verona resident Herschel Walker with a two percentage points lead, within the margin of error, in a race for a United States Senate seat in Georgia.
Walker leads incumbent Rev. Raphael Warnock , 46%-44%, in a poll conducted on August 28-29.
“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%,” said Spencer Kimball, the executive director of the Emerson College Poll.
From 1983 to 1985 Walker resided in Verona while playing for the New Jersey Generals, a USFL team owned at the time 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.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp leads Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams by four points, 48%-44%, and President Joe Biden has an upside-down 42%-57% approval rating in Georgia, the same Emerson poll shows.
A Fox 5/Insider Advantage poll had Walker ahead by two points last month, and a Fox News poll also conducted in July had Warnock ahead by four points, 46%-42%. An Atlanta Journal Constitution Poll from July put Warnock’s lead at three points.
Walker is one of four U.S. Senate candidates with ties to New Jersey. Democrat Mark Kelly, who is seeking re-election in Arizona, grew up in West Orange, and former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, the Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat, was a New Brunswick resident for four years while attending Rutgers University in the 1980s.
The candidate attracting the most attention for his New Jersey residency is Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is seeking an open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania.
Oz grew up in Bergen County and lived in Cliffside Park until he moved to Pennsylvania to run for the Senate last year. He remains on the New Jersey active voter rolls and is eligible to vote in the state on November 8, if he wants to.
Lt. Governor John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate, has mocked Oz for his New Jersey residency.
The Emerson poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9%.