David Perdue and Jon Ossoff, candidates for the US Senate in Georgia.
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A second Senate race in Georgia will go into a runoff election in January and trigger a showdown for the Senate majority, according to NBC News.
Republican Senator David Perdue will not exceed the 50% threshold required to finally win this month’s elections and will face Democrat Jon Ossoff again next year. Georgia will host two runoff elections on Jan. 5, the other being a special election between GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock to end the remainder of Senator Johnny Isakson’s tenure.
The Republicans have won 50 Senate seats so far, according to NBC. Democrats flipped a net seat for a total of 48.
Winning both elections in Georgia would create an even split, giving elected Vice President Kamala Harris a groundbreaking vote, and the Democrats would unify control of the White House and Congress. Both parties focused their attention and money on Georgia when it emerged that two runoff elections would determine control of the Senate.
Perdue, the first-time senator and former executive director, faced Ossoff, a former journalist who lost a tight, high profile special election in the US House of Representatives in 2017.
Ossoff has criticized Perdue for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including federal investigations into its stock trading at the start of the U.S. Covid-19 crisis. In the meantime, Perdue has tried to call Ossoff a “radical socialist agenda”.
The race drew national attention and sizeable funding as the Democrats hoped to flip the Senate in 2020. Ossoff’s campaign raised more than $ 32.3 million, while Perdue’s campaign raised about $ 21.1 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Georgia has not elected a Democratic Senator since 1996, but a growing young and non-white electorate has helped place the state in battlefield status.
Poll averages indicated a close race between Perdue and Ossoff.
Perdue won his Senate race in 2014 by around 8 percentage points.
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