Behind the presidential drama, the November 3 election brought Rev. Rafael Warnock to national headlines.
Warnock, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, two Democrats are dying in Georgia for a pair of the US Senate in a January 5 election. If victorious, they would win the presidential election, which would change in the first year of the presidency.
If he wins, Warnock will become Georgia’s first black US senator and just the 11th black senator in the nation’s history. In an interview with Yahoo News last week, Warnock said that historical significance was “not lost” on him.
“It would be a tremendous honor to be the first black senator from Georgia,” said 51-year-old Warnock, who grew up at the Kayton Homes Projects in Sawan, Ga., And the 11th of 12 children. “I hope that watching me accomplish that will encourage other marginalized people and people of good conscience in our state and struggle for what they believe in.”
The pastor added: “My story is not possible in any place other than America. So I believe the American dream is still possible, but it is slipping from far away, and the gap between lusts and knots is becoming a chasm. “
The importance of the Georgia contest also appears to resonate with the state’s voters, of whom more than 2 million people have already voted in the runoff, according to state data. Such off-cycle contests are usually much lower than high-profile presidential contests, but the earliest votes so far are just before the November election, in which 5 million Georgians voted.
And many of these Georgians are becoming newly acquainted with Warnock, thanks to which the advertisements spent by Democrats and Republicans account for no small part of the millions of dollars.
Both of Warnock’s parents were Pentecostal preachers and during World War II, Warnock’s father served in the US Army. Wanting to follow in the footsteps of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Warnock attended Morehouse College, a historically black, all-male college in Atlanta, eventually earning four degrees before becoming pastor of the famed Ebenezer Baptist in 2005. Church, where kings preached.
They said, ‘Things are tough for me now [growing up], And is especially true in this epidemic, “Warnock told Yahoo News. “We need a leader who works for the Georgian people and struggles.”
Warnock’s opponent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, is a businessman and a fellow political newcomer. Citing health concerns, Sen. Johnny Isakson appointed Johnny Isakson to his seat at the end of last year upon his retirement. Although President Trump wanted Kemp to appoint one of his allies to the seat, Loeffler has made his mark in office by spontaneously embracing both Trump and the conservative culture war that defined much of his presidency. He made the most headlines as a co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream; Earlier this year it sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Kathy Engelbert to politicize the game, stating that the “Black Lives Matter political movement” does not align with the league or its team.
The runoff race is defined by the fierce eruption between the Lofer and Warnoc campaigns.
Loeffler has repeatedly called Warnock “socialist” and “the most radical and dangerous politician in America”. She has seized various statements made during church services, some of which she has criticized the police for. And he wrote an open letter last week accusing Warnock of being anti-Semitic, a claim that some Jewish leaders in Georgia have denied.
Several attacks against Warnock in particular have been criticized for enforcing racial conservatism in the state, which has a long history of torturing its black residents. A coalition of Black pastors came to Warnock’s defense, arguing that Loeffler’s attacks amounted to a critic of the Black Church, A charge that she denies. Warnock agreed with the pastor, tweeting that Loeffler’s attack was “Black churches are harmful. “He further told Yahoo News that he was not worried about jobs.
“While Sen. Loeffler is busy telling me the name, let me tell you where I stand,” he said. “I believe that people in the world’s greatest country should have affordable health care, which every day hard-working Georgian deserve a livable wage, and that seniors should be able to afford the cost of medicines . Kyle Loeffler may think that’s radical. I think it’s common knowledge. “
Warnock and the Democrats have launched their swift attacks against Loeffler, in which Coronovirus was accused of “dumping stock” after a confidential Senate briefing last January, when the epidemic was in its infancy. Loeffler denied any wrongdoing and said stock trades were done independently of any of his inputs.
He found himself in hot water after posing with a photo with the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazi National Alliance with long-time white-dominated Chester Dolls. While Loeffler said she did not know who the dole was, the Warnock campaign pushed back, noting that Dolce had been left out of the September campaign schedule. Yahoo News reached out to comment on Loeffler’s campaign, but has not yet received a response.
Warnock found himself in a minor firestorm when footage of a police interview last week from a March incident surfaced in which his ex-wife accused him of driving with the car. Warnock refused to run on his leg and was never charged. Loeffler called the allegations “deeply disturbing”; Warnock’s campaign stated that Loeffler had “a new level of attacking his family”.
The list of fighting going on between the two campaigns goes further, a reflection of both bets and the possible competition of the race. Runoff polls are fairly difficult to predict and predict, but in a recent poll by Insider Advantage and Fox 5 Atlanta, Warnock got 49 to 47 percent from Lofler. Although Biden defeated Trump in Georgia, Republicans in runoff may be optimistic because of the boosters, given the party’s surprising strength in the November congressional race and Peach State’s historic GOP leaning.
Tens of millions of dollars of floods turn into campaign cofers escalating the attacks.
Warnock reported total receipts of more than $ 103 million between Oct. 15 and Dec. 16, easily beating Loeffler’s total of $ 64 million. Both sides have sufficient resources to fill the air.
And while the two Democrats are in the running, Warnock took the brunt of the attacks as both are less well-known. The other Democrat is John Osoff, who broke national fundraising records for the US House in the 2017 special election and is now trying to oust Republican Sen. David Perdue.
One unexpected result of the runoff is the tightening between Ossoff, a young Jewish former congressional employee from Atlanta and a middle-aged Black Baptist pastor, Warnock, from Sawan. Even though the two Democrats are running separately, it almost feels as if the couple are running mate, seeking to join forces to land their Republican opponents.
“I am deeply honored to walk with my friend John Ossoff,” Warnock told Yahoo News. “We’re both focused on our own race, but what matters to the people of Georgia.”
Warnock also said that he believes that Georgia is not thinking about dominating the airstrikes as their families face financial and security challenges this year.
“I don’t think the people of Georgia got up in the morning thinking about John Ossoff or Rafael Warnock,” he said. “They are wondering if their families are going to stay healthy, if they will be able to pay the bills, how will they put food on the table.”
Below are the key dates for Georgian people to remember before the state Senate runoff elections on January 5, 2021:
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