U.S. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, the highest-ranking Black member of Congress, endorsed the Senate campaign of Raphael Warnock on Monday and joined a string of party leaders who back the reverend’s bid.
Clyburn called Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, a “man of strong conviction and deep character” who has long fought for affordable healthcare, expanded voting rights and an overhaul to the criminal justice system.
“Now he is taking that fight to Washington,” said Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat. He added: “In these times, the Senate could use a pastor. Reverend Warnock can and will seize the moment.”
Warnock is racing to solidify himself as the Democratic frontrunner in the November special election against U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican former financial executive appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp to the job in December.
The first-time candidate is one of 20 contenders challenging Loeffler in the contest, a free-for-all with no party primary to filter out nominees.