Raphael Warnock Georgia Senate bid undercut by past military, Israel comments

Raphael Warnock Georgia Senate bid undercut by past military, Israel comments


Republicans are framing the two Georgia Senate run-off races as the firewall holding back a left-wing takeover of the federal government, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock is inadvertently providing them with plenty of help.

Since coasting to a first-place finish in the Nov. 3 non-partisan special-election primary, Mr. Warnock has been thrown on defense by a relentless barrage of own past statements, many from the pulpit, attacking Israel, police, “worship of whiteness” and the military.

An InsiderAdvantage/Fox5 poll released Tuesday showed the Democrat deadlocked with Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, but some analysts expect that to change, especially with the release Tuesday of a 2011 sermon in which Mr. Warnock says that “nobody can serve God and the military.”

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“Social media has blown up really since yesterday with his comments attacking the military and veterans,” said Phil Kent, CEO of InsiderAdvantage, an Atlanta political communications firm. “Georgia has a lot of military bases and veterans and veterans’ families, let alone

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