The Georgia gubernatorial and senatorial elections are just around the corner and will be heavily polled by The Phillips Academy Poll. For the past two decades, Georgia has voted solidly Republican; however, in the recent 2020 presidential election, Democrat Joe Biden flipped the state blue. Georgia’s 2022 midterms will be incredibly competitive and could potentially determine control of the Senate.
In the senate race, incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock is running for reelection and faces no significant challenges from within his party. Warnock is endorsed by many prominent Democrats, including former presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter. In November, Senator Warnock will most likely face former NFL running back Herschel Walker, who leads the Republican primary election polls and has been endorsed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Former President Donald Trump.
With regards to Georgia’s chief executive, Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp is running for reelection. He is being challenged in the Republican primary by former Republican David Perdue, who has been endorsed by Former President Donald Trump. Former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams is the only Democrat in the race so far, and will likely face the Republican nominee in November. Abrams was also the Democratic nominee in 2018 when she narrowly lost to Kemp and is supported by many progressives including Vice President Kamala Harris.
Election integrity and the economy will be key issues facing voters in the Peach State this November. Furthermore, Warnock and Walker, have contrasting views on immigration and border protection, which will likely continue to be a contentious issue in the Senate. Additionally, the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates have taken opposing stances regarding guns.