Americans may not know the final party balance of the Senate until next year if Georgia’s two Senate races advance to a runoff election on January 5.
Georgia had two Senate elections this year, and under state law, a race must advance to a runoff election if no candidate receives over 50% of the vote.
The first Senate race in the Peach State will determine who will replace former Republican Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired last year. Senator Kelly Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to replace Isakson, but Loeffler’s appointment was subject to her running in the 2020 election for the remaining two years of Isakson’s seat.
Loeffler faced challenges from 20 other candidates in the special election and received roughly 26% of the vote, forcing her into a runoff election against Democrat Raphael Warnock, who received around 32% of the vote on Tuesday.
The second senate race in Georgia was also headed for a January runoff after Republican Senator David Perdue’s vote share dipped below 50% to 49.9% Thursday night. Perdue is up for reelection this year and facing a challenge from Democrat Jon Ossoff who garnered 47.7% of the vote.
Hammer and Nigel Show contributor Brian Baker, a Georgia resident, called into the WIBC studio Thursday night with an update on the state’s senate races and President Donald Trump’s odds of holding off Democrat challenger Joe Biden to secure Georgia’s 16 electoral votes.
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