But Warnock aims to leverage support from much of the party’s establishment – as well as brutal infighting between Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, her top Republican rival – to land a spot in a likely January runoff to settle the contest.
He has the backing of the political arm of Senate Democrats as well as high-profile Georgia figures, including 2018 gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and several state and federal elected officials.
The endorsement is coveted by Democrats who hope to mobilize women ahead of the November election. The group has more than 100,000 members in Georgia, and many of them were infuriated by the passage of an anti-abortion law last year.
It could also energize Republicans. Planned Parenthood is deeply polarizing for many conservatives, and both Collins and Loeffler have competed over which candidate more strongly supports abortion limits.
Warnock, who worked as a sexual health educator before joining the clergy, has long been a vocal supporter of abortion rights. Dr. Ginger Davis Floyd, a former state health official, recalled his work in college seeking to reduce teenage pregnancy and infant mortality.
“From first-hand experience, I know he is a tremendous advocate for women's health, contraceptive access, and the pro-choice movement,” she said.