Raphael Warnock IS the Democratic lighten rod….
And so far?
He leads in the polls among the four running f0or the two US Senate seats from the states runoff voting…
Is it a coincidence that Warnock as the only Black person in the race is the almost sole target of Republicans?…Warnock , a Baptist Minister, COULD become the first Black US Senator from the South right now….
When Senator David Perdue of Georgia didn’t show up for a debate on Sunday night, he ensured two outcomes: Jon Ossoff, Mr. Perdue’s Democratic opponent, would enjoy free airtime unencumbered by attacks from his rival, and the other Senate debate that night would draw far more attention.
Handing Mr. Ossoff an open microphone, Republicans determined, was well worth the bargain.
As Georgians prepare to vote in two runoffs next month that will decide control of the Senate, there is little mystery as to which of the two Democratic candidates G.O.P. officials want to elevate as a target as they try to rouse their base: the Rev. Raphael Warnock, who is running against Georgia’s other Republican senator, Kelly Loeffler.
Ms. Loeffler made plain the Republican strategy when she called Mr. Warnock a “radical liberal” 13 times in their debate on Sunday evening. She repeatedly invoked his past criticism of police officers and a sermon in which he once said that “nobody can serve God and the military,” a theme that has roots in biblical passages.
Her plan of attack followed a similar portrayal by President Trump during his rally on Saturday in Valdosta, Ga., where Republicans played a video that likened Mr. Warnock to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Chicago pastor whose comments drew scrutiny to his relationship with Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign. The video included footage of Mr. Wright famously saying “God damn America.”.
That same critique has been echoed by other Republican surrogates, who have spent more time focusing on Mr. Warnock than Mr. Ossoff.