According to a poll issued on Friday, Republican Herschel Walker is ahead of Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) by two points in Georgia’s tight fight for the U.S. Senate.
Breitbart News reported that Walker received 49% of the vote in the poll, which was conducted by the left-leaning Data for Progress and released by the Daily Beast, while Warnock received 47%.
Walker has a tiny lead over Warnock, but with a three percent margin of error, the two candidates are statistically tied.
In his primary in May, Walker, a former NFL star and legend of University of Georgia football, easily defeated his Republican rivals, demonstrating that Republicans in his state respect and support the small-town native.
Walker, however, has come under more scrutiny as a result of his challenge to Warnock, particularly due to the number of children he fathers, his mental health, and marital issues that date back at least 20 years.
In his comments to The New York Post about a report of “secret children,” Walker said that he has only been quiet about his youngest two children because he didn’t “want them to become political props.”
Walker, a former athlete, has also long been open about having a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder. He wrote about the disease’s effects on his life and past relationships as well as his efforts to recover from it in a 2009 novel.
The candidate for office, who has the support of both former President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is running on a platform of unity and combating inflation, which is a top concern for regular Americans who are struggling to keep up with rising costs of food, gas, housing, and other expenses. He is also a long-time pastor who chose to serve in the Senate in January 2021 and is focusing on healthcare issues in his campaign while highlighting his legislative successes.
In the first quarter of the year, Warnock raised more money than any other Senate candidate in the nation, claiming a $13.6 million haul and $25.6 million in cash on hand. Warnock is one of the Democratic incumbents most likely to lose their Senate seat in the November election.
The Data for Progress poll is consistent with the findings of the majority of other polls, which have shown the two candidates in a tight race that is poised to become one of the most expensive and competitive of the midterm cycle, despite one recent outlier poll showing Warnock leading Walker by ten points.