Warnock’s competitor is incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to fill former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat last January. In the Nov. 3 election, Loeffler was also challenged by a Republican, Rep. Doug Collins, who came in third.
On Monday, President-elect Joe Biden and President Trump were in the Peach State stumping for their candidates, with the Senate majority hanging in the balance.
Here are three things to know about Warnock, a first-time political candidate.
Warnock, 51, has served as a senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since 2005, which is the same church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached.
Both of Warnock’s parents were also Pentecostal preachers.
Former President Obama invited Warnock to deliver the closing prayer at the 2013 Inaugural Prayer Service held at the National Cathedral and the sermon for the Annual White House Prayer breakfast in March 2016.
Warnock has referred to his campaign efforts as the "Rev Up the Vote" tour. He is recently divorced and has two children.
Warnock was arrested during 2014 protests over GOP-led decisions not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
In 2017, he was once again arrested during peaceful protests over budget cuts to social programs that were being proposed by President Trump.
As his experiences with protest movements might suggest, Warnock is a progressive.
His campaign website lists reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights and climate change as some of his top issues.
Warnock’s candidacy gained ground alongside the massive civil unrest that gripped the country throughout 2020, including outrage over the deaths of Black individuals like Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks at the hands of police.
After Loeffler criticized the WNBA for dedicating its season to the Black Lives Matter movement, the team she owns – the Atlanta Dream – donned shirts advocating for Warnock.