Behind the scenes of the presidential election, the November 3 election made Reverend Raphael Warnock (Raphael Warnock) the focus of worldwide attention.
Warnock is the senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and two Democrats who competed for a seat in the U.S. Senate in the final elections held on January 5. one. If they win, they will overturn the control of the Democrats in the Senate and transform the first year of President-elect Joe Biden in the office.
If he wins, Warnock will also become the first black American senator from Georgia and the eleventh black senator in American history. In an interview with Yahoo News last week, Warnock said that historical significance was “not lost”
“It will be a great honor to be the first black senator from Georgia,” said Warnock, 51, who grew up in the Kayton House project in Savannah, Georgia, and is among 12 children. The 11th. “I hope to see me do this to encourage and inspire other marginalized and conscientious people in our state to step up their efforts and fight for their beliefs.”
The pastor further said: “My story is not even possible in other places outside the United States. Therefore, I believe that the American dream is still possible, but it is moving away from too many dreams. The gap between rich and poor is becoming a Gap.”
The importance of the Georgia trials seems to resonate with state voters. According to state data, more than 2 million voters have participated in the finals. Compared with high-profile presidential elections, the turnout rate for such non-cyclical competitions is usually much lower, but so far, the previous voting was conducted after the November election, which had 5 million voters.
And many Georgians began to have a new understanding of Warnock, thanks in large part to the millions of dollars in advertising that Democrats and Republicans spent to defend and attack him.
Warnock’s parents were both Pentecostal missionaries, and Warnock’s father served in the US Army during World War II. In order to follow in the footsteps of Pastor Martin Luther King, Warnock continued to study at Morthouse College, a historic black all-male college located in Atlanta. He eventually earned four degrees, and then in 2005 Became the priest of the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church where the king once preached.
“Now things are much harder than me [growing up], Especially in this pandemic. “Warnock told Yahoo News. “We need a leader who works and fights for Georgians.” “
Warnock’s opponent, Senator Kelly Loeffler, is a businesswoman and a newcomer to politics. At the end of last year, Senator Johnny Isakson (Johnny Isakson) appointed Brian Kemp as her seat out of health concerns. Although President Trump wanted Camp to appoint one of his ally to take the seat, Loeffler unabashedly accepted the influence of Trump and the conservative culture wars that have determined the majority of his tenure. As the co-owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, she made headlines. Earlier this year, she wrote to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert to criticize the politicization of the game and wrote that “a political movement that is vital to black life” and the league or her team Does not match.
The fierce blow between the Loeffler and Warnock movements defined the runoff race.
Loeffler has repeatedly called Warnock a “socialist” and “the most radical and dangerous politician in America.” She caught various statements he made during church services, including some of his criticisms of the police. She wrote an open letter last week accusing Warnock of being anti-Semitic, claiming that some Jewish leaders in Georgia rejected this statement.
In particular, many attacks on Vanok have been criticized for invoking racial stereotypes in a state that has long oppressed black residents. The League of Black Pastors participated in Warnock’s defense and believed that Loffler’s attack constituted a criticism of the black church. She denied the accusation. Warnock agreed with the pastor and tweeted that Loeffler’s attack was “harmful to black churches.” He further told Yahoo News that he was not worried about jabs.
He said: “Senator Loffler is busy naming me, let me tell you my position.” “I believe that in the greatest country in the world, people should have access to affordable health care and work hard every day. Georgians who work should have a livable salary, and the elderly should be able to afford the cost of prescription drugs. Kelly Loeffler may think this is radical. I think this is common sense.”
Warnock and the Democrats launched a fierce attack on Loveller, accusing her of “dumping stocks” after the senate secretly notified the coronavirus at the beginning of the pandemic last January. Loeffler denied any wrongdoing and said that stock trading was independent of any of her inputs.
After taking a photo with Chester Doles, she was also in trouble. Chester Doles is a long-time white supremacist who is associated with Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazi National League. When Loeffler said she didn’t know who Doles was, Warnock’s campaign was postponed, noting that Doles was excluded from the September campaign. Yahoo News asked Loeffler’s campaign for comments, but has not yet received a response.
Warnock also found himself caught in a small fire. A police interview scene appeared in an incident last Wednesday when his ex-wife accused him of running over her feet with a car. Warnock denied that he was running around and was never charged. Loveler called the allegations “deeply disturbing.” The Warnock campaign said that Loeffler “attacked his family to a new low.”
The list of blows between the two campaigns continued, reflecting the risks and potential competitiveness of the game. As we all know, runoff elections are difficult to vote and predict, but the latest opinion polls by Insider Advantage and Fox 5 Atlanta found that Warnock is ahead of Loeffler, accounting for 49% to 47%. Although Biden defeated Trump in Georgia, given the surprising strength of the party in the November congressional elections and Peach State’s historical republican weakness, the Republican’s boosters in the election may have reason to be optimistic.
Tens of millions of funds poured into the campaign treasury, further intensifying the attack.
Warnock reported that the total revenue between October 15 and December 16 exceeded $103 million, easily surpassing Loeffler’s nearly $64 million. Both parties have sufficient resources to fill the airwaves.
Although there are two Democrats running, Warnock bears the brunt of the race, because few of them are known. Another Democrat is Jon Ossoff, who broke the national fundraising record in the 2017 U.S. House of Representatives special election and is now seeking to seat Republican Senator David Perdue. .
The unlikely result of the runoff is the friendship between Osoff, a young Jewish former congressional worker from Atlanta, and Warnock, a middle-aged black Baptist priest from Savannah. Even if two Democrats compete in races separately, they almost all feel as if they are running, trying to unite and eliminate their Republican opponents.
“I am honored to run with my friend Jon Ossoff,” Warnock told Yahoo News. “We both focus on our race, but the important thing is the people of Georgia.”
Warnock also said that he did not think Georgians would consider attacks on radio waves, rather than considering the financial and security challenges facing their families this year.
He said: “I don’t think people in Georgia will wake up Jon Ossoff or Raphael Warnock in the morning.” “They want to know if their family will stay healthy. , Can you pay the bills, and how to put food on the table.”
Here are the key dates for Georgians to remember before the state Senate runoff on January 5, 2021:
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