Obama snubs Democrat running in Georgia Senate race

Former President Barack Obama has weighed in on the multiparty, free-for-all special election for one of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, a race that could decide who controls the chamber in the next Congress.

Obama endorsed Democratic Ebenezer Baptist Church senior pastor Raphael Warnock on Friday, picking his favorite in the 21-candidate field competing for the final two years of retired Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term.

Obama’s public support of Warnock, who’s also backed by the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, is being widely interpreted as a nudge to fellow Democrat Matt Lieberman, the son of 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman, to drop out
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