Can Democrats flip key Georgia Senate seat?

Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock discusses whether he can avoid a runoff in the critical Georgia Senate race that could help determine control of the U.S. Senate.
6:44 | 10/23/20

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Now into the battle for control of the US senate which very well could come down to a special election in Georgia to could be heading to a January runoff. For more on the race let's bring in democratic candidate the reverend Raphael more not senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta thanks so much for joining us pastor. Are you will use thank you. So right now you are leading in the polls and a race with twenty candidates on the ballot including two main Republican opponent senator Kelly lost learn congressman Doug Collins who had divided the conservative vote. But your short of the 50% needed to avoid a January run also is there anything that you can do at this point to consolidate support behind you in these final days. So it's really put you over the top. Well I'll tell you we're very grateful for the support we're seeing in this race. I got in this race as a first time candidate for political office we're thirtieth. We are gaining a lot of momentum. And thought does did you are out about the support we're appealing all across this state. Listen I. A the preacher have occasion appropriate and Aaliyah. About David and no idea I'm running against those wealthiest member of congress. Added you remember that story did that pretty good for David so we'll see what happens November 3 day where. But we're open to Mo metal mobile. Did too big to miss I've heard in some sermons before really talking about the David and Goliath so it historically Democrats have. A bad track record in runoff elections in Georgia and black candidates have had trouble winning statewide in the south. If this raise does go to a runoff what's your plan to keep voters engaged induced enough. After the general election to turn out again to vote in early January and Kenny win statewide if this becomes a two person race. I can't this is ordinary year. And this is no ordinary race we say all the time that elections are consequences. To tell you it feels like a gross understatement this year tragically we're seeing that elections are a matter of life and we. Seen over 240000. American. Or 7000 here in that state. Colin nineteen that it was sharp focus longstanding. Issues of this rarity and access to help here. The need for livable weary. People shuffle. The pastor. Alarm here's Maria exercising my ever see muscle. The wall where there improve her most typical darkest periods. And I think that people are hearing my message. They are responding and we're building a multiracial coalition and that state. You are witnessing the news out bribes and and ordered the atmosphere. Now there will likely be more national scrutiny on your race and it does go to run also like to address some criticism that you've gotten from your opponents over comments critical of police from some of your past sermons. In one common in 2015. After Ferguson said police power showed up quote in a kind of gangster in thug mentality and that you can quote where the colors of the state. And behavior like that Sunday night unit not apologize for these comments at this week's debate but do you regret them at all and any concern that they might hurt you politically. Oh no let social noble work that I've been doing all of these years. And much of that work addressing. Abuse. Criminal justice system has been bella loans law enforcement. This is a sad and some local political game that politicians are place. But at the fact the matter is the only person in this rates. Who has the ability are pouring law enforcement. And activists. Already have to go. In the same room that think about how the reforms that we need art did it in the old days deliberate Cowell Paula monitored. We're had the chief of police. A lot of her breasts of the police department the mayor. The black lab matter actor birds of your current general million and it states they're all. Ebenezer sanctuary trying to work through these issues to get over. That you of course leave the church of Martin as the king junior once led as you travel the state campaigning in the wake of this summer's protests in the over race and policing to you we've reached a different moment in the fight for reform or or would you say that people are once again settling into their camps and and not actually getting much change done. I think so we're looking at the issues. Not driven by now role political ambition get it. And the polls were thinking about short term political gain gain are engaged in the politics of division. Because they have no group. We help the pushed back against them that's that they built partly moment. In American bit. Lastly we have certainly seen those long lines for early voting in Atlanta and we know the problems that plague voting in Georgia in 2018. Anything right now that's concerning you and making sure that everyone will be able to cast their ballots safely and on time. Georgia and across the country is all. The bad news is that the lie on the wall. We're witnessing the collision just O bower passion. And voter suppression. And we've got to make sure that the passion ambient who's yet and the commitment. And a grand and noble experiment called democracy. Or columns though you were engaged in voter suppression. We're seeing it on the ground Huron Yorker. Also seen the Long Island's but the good news we're seeing record voter turnout was sort through your primary. We're seeing during the selection. We have. Performed at a level that's 100 and 33%. Greeted him where we were it is time in 2016. And so I think he voters understand that helped Shearer armor. They don't law politicians who believe that it's a good idea. As are sitting senator I'm the Republican congressman challenging her get critical here to go over and that it. They understand that we should not all people central workers. While denying them and the central ways the central benefits. And so they're showing up because they're very loud so on the ballot. And in this depriving moment. I'm encourages. Because we're watching democracy at work and all of us have got to do all that we can to make sure that we that we in the future for children. Reverend were not we thank you so much free time appreciate it.

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