Herschel Walker, the former NFL star-turned-Republican Senate candidate in Georgia’s primary, is the clear favorite to win the nomination in 2022, a new poll shows.
Internal polling shows 74% of Georgia GOP primary voters supporting Walker, who announced his bid in August with the vocal support of former President Donald Trump. Walker led his closest opponent, Gary Black, by 68 points, while 16% said they remained undecided.
The poll’s release comes after multiple high-profile Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, endorsed Walker despite his past, which includes allegations of domestic violence and death threats.
Walker’s support extended to both self-described moderate and conservative Republicans, 61% and 81% of whom said they would vote for him. If Walker wins the 2022 primary, he would face Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, who won a special election this past January. His and fellow Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff’s twin victories gave the party 50 seats in the Senate and complete control of Congress and the White House as a result.
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