Pastor Warnock has been active in the Georgia community since years though this will be his first time serving them as a politician
As I begin to write this piece, voting has already commenced in the state and Reverend Warnock surely seems to be steadily gaining a lead over her opponent Kelly Loeffler. Except the associated press, most organizations have called the race for Reverend Warnock. This makes him the first black senator ever elected from Georgia.
Born in Savannah, Warnock grew up in the Kayton Homes public housing project, the second youngest of 12 children. The way Warnock chose to put his victory in perspective with where he comes from he said, “My 85 year old mother who survived picking someone else’ cotton was able to vote for her son in an election for the US Senate.
Raphael Warnock to become Georgia’s first Black Senator
He is the child of a world war 2 veteran who set up a small business once he got back from the frontlines. He was inspired and wanted to follow the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr and enrolled in Sol C. Johnson High School. He went on to become the fifth youngest senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church (Where Martin Luther King Jr served as pastor) in 2005. During his time as a pastor, he has campaigned for clemency to Troy Davis
He first came to political limelight in 2014 when he lead a sit-in outside the state capital to increase coverages under MedicAid. He and other leaders were arrested for this. He opted not to contest in the 2016 midterms and instead focused on nonpartisan voter registration. That certainly came to play in the 2020 elections.
The Reverend supports expanding the Affordable Care Act and has called for the passage of the John LewisVoting Rights Act. He also supports increasing COVID-19-relief funding. A proponent of abortion rights and gay marriage, he has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood. He opposes the concealed carry of firearms, saying that religious leaders do not want guns in places of worship. Warnock has also been a long time opponent of the Death Penalty.
The only stains on Warnock’s records seem to be that smeared by his opponent Kelly Loeffler who accused the pastor of having accepted funds from Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro, allegations that have no evidence. Perhaps the smear campaign tactics of Loeffler did not pan out so well, which is why after 99% of votes have been counted Warnock has a comfortable lead of more than 55 thousand votes.
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