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Morning headlines: Kemp, Warnock hold on to leads in latest poll

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Gerri Hernandez
Warnock for Senate
A new poll conducted by the University of Georgia for the AJC show incumbent US Senator Raphael Warnock with a narrow lead over his GOP opponent Herschel Walker.

New polling conducted for the Atlanta Journal Constitution finds Brian Kemp continues to lead Stacey Abrams and Raphael Warnock leads Herschel Walker.

The polling was conducted among likely voters between July 14th and 22nd by the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. The poll found Kemp ahead of Abrams in the race for Georgia governor 48 to 43 percent, with 7 percent of voters undecided and Libertarian candidates with a statistically insignificant number of voters.

In the race for a Georgia U.S. Senate seat, Warnock leads Walker 46 to 43 percent with three percent indicating they’ll vote for libertarian Chase Oliver and 8% undecided. Democrats Abrams and Warnock lead among women, blacks and voters under 45 years old.

Independent voters favor Kemp by a slight margin, and Warnock by a larger margin.

Abrams rolls out affordable housing plan

Democrat Stacey Abrams is calling for more affordable housing in the state.

Abrams is promoting a plan she says will make housing more available and affordable across Georgia if she defeats Republican Gov. Brian Kemp this year.

Abrams' plan focuses on increasing the inventory of housing, keeping people from being pushed out of gentrifying neighborhoods, and reducing homelessness. She says Kemp is sitting on $450 million in federal rental assistance that could keep Georgians from getting evicted.

Other Abrams plans would increase pay for teachers, state troopers and prison guards and tighten state gun laws.

Oconee school board to vote on new millage rate

A vote is scheduled Monday for the Oconee County Board of Education to adopt a new millage rate.

The Oconee Enterprise reports that while the board may adopt its lowest rate since 1999, at 16.25, down from 16.5, the result when the increase in the assessed value of property in the county is factored in, equates to a 9.8 percent tax hike.

The Enterprise reports that citizens at two recent public hearings have urged board members to avoid a tax increase altogether by adopting a millage rate of 14.8.

Oconee taxpayers will also have an opportunity to speak before a vote is taken on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!