Former New Jersey resident Herschel Walker trails by three points in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released today
U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, leads Walker by a 46%-43% margin, a statistical dead heat.
One month ago, a Quinnipiac University poll had Warnock ahead up ten percentage points, 54%-44%.
Walker, a Republican, lived in Verona from 1983 to 1985 while playing for the New Jersey Generals, a 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.
Three other U.S. Senate candidates have lived in New Jersey: Mark Kelly, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Arizona seeking re-election; Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican running in Pennsylvania, and Cheri Beasley, the Democratic nominee in North Carlina.
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. Oz, a cardiovascular surgeon, spent mot of his life in Bergen County before moving to Pennsylvania last year to run for office. He remains on the New Jersey voter rolls and still owns a home in Cliffside Park.
The Quinnipiac poll has Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp with a five-point lead over former State Rep. Stacey Abrams, 48%-43%.
The poll was conducted from July 14-22 with a sample size of 902 likely voters and a margin of error of +/- 3.3%.