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Pastor Raphael Warnock Enters US Senate Race in Georgia

Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, a..

Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, announced a bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia on Jan. 30.

Warnock, who became the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church at the age of 35 in 2005, released a campaign announcement video highlighting his family and upbringing, saying his parents taught him and his 11 siblings the value of hard work.

Responding to those who might wonder why a pastor would run for Senate, Warnock told viewers: “Ive always thought that my impact doesnt stop at the church door; thats actually where it starts. I love this country. I believe that what makes America so great, is that weve always had a path to make it greater.”

He also said that, “Struggling families across Georgia have it tougher than I did back then,” growing up in a housing project in Savannah with his brothers, sisters, and parents.

Warnock is vying for a seat that was vacated by Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), 75. Kelly Loeffler, a 49-year-old business executive, was selected to fill the seat temporarily by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. The seat is up for grabs in the 2020 election, as is the seat held by Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.), who is running for reelection.

Loeffler, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), who confirmed his bid this week to the dismay of establishment Republicans. Collins is a strong ally of President Donald Trump but Loeffler has earned accolades from Trump and other Republicans for her opposition to the impeachment efforts against the president.

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Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Vice President Mike Pence participate in a ceremonial swearing-in as Loefflers husband Jeff Sprecher looks on at the Old Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) speaks to media while other impeachment defense team advisors look on, at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 27, 2020. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

Warnock is the third Democrat to join the race. Also running are Ed Tarver, a former federal prosecutor who served as U.S. attorney for Georgias Southern District under President Barack Obama; and Matt Lieberman, the son of fRead More – Source

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