Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race

Obama endorses Warnock in crowded Georgia Senate race
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Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns US-China space cooperation is up in the air more than ever GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level MORE on Friday endorsed the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now MORE, a Democratic congressional candidate who's in a tight race in Georgia's special Senate election.

“I’m proud to endorse these outstanding Democratic candidates who will work to get the virus under control, rebuild the economy and the middle class, and protect Americans’ health care and preexisting conditions protections from Republican assault," Obama said in a statement.

Warnock is fighting for the seat that Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE (R) already holds, but since it's a special election, he's also competing with Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsJan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Lobbying world Sunday shows preview: Biden administration confronts inflation spike MORE (R) and other Democratic candidates for the spot.

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Voters will go to the polls on Nov. 3, and if no candidate secures 50 percent, the top two candidates will compete in a runoff election on Jan. 5. 

That creates a potential problem for Democrats, since it is possible Loeffler and Collins could be the top two finishers, meaning they'd advance to the runoff with no Democratic opposition. 

Warnock was part of the second wave of Democratic challengers that Obama has endorsed this election cycle.

“I am deeply honored to earn the support of President Obama in this movement," Warnock said in response. "With the Affordable Care Act under siege and our constitutional right to vote being threatened, Georgians and all Americans deserve leaders in Washington who are committed to doing the people’s business."

Once considered a long shot in the race, Warnock spent the summer surging through the polls.

A July Monmouth poll showed the reverend at 9 percent, 11 points behind Collins and 17 points behind Loeffler.

However, a survey from the pollster this week showed Warnock at 21 percent, just a point behind Collins and two points behind Loeffler — both within the margin of error.

Warnock's surge began when Loeffler, a co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream, received widespread flak for not supporting the league's show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Players on multiple teams, including the Dream, wore shirts that said "Vote Warnock."

It has been a fruitful week for Warnock, as he's also picked up endorsements from the Human Rights Campaign and former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderWith extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one The Memo: Democrats may rue pursuit of Bannon Ben Affleck, Tracee Ellis Ross join anti-gerrymandering fundraiser with Clinton, Holder MORE. The reverend also has the support of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, who earlier in the week called for the other Democrats in the race to drop out to consolidate support for Warnock.

Loeffler assumed the seat in January after Gov. Brian KempBrian KempThe Memo: Media obsess over Trump's past as he eyes comeback Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud MORE (R) appointed her to replace Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonHerschel Walker calls off fundraiser with woman who had swastika in Twitter profile Georgia reporter says state will 'continue to be a premier battleground' Critical race theory becomes focus of midterms MORE (R) who retired at the end of 2019 because of health reasons.