Candidate filing period for congressional races in Georgia ends March 6

The major-party filing deadline to run for a U.S. House or Senate seat in Georgia was on March 6, 2020. In Georgia, prospective candidates could file for two seats in the U.S. Senate (one special election and one regular election) and 14 seats in the U.S. House.

The U.S. Senate special election was called after Johnny Isakson (R) resigned at the end of 2019, citing his health. On December 4, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Kelly Loeffler (R) to fill the seat. Loeffler declared her intention to run in the election. The winner of the election will fill the remaining two years of Isakson’s six-year term.

The seat in the regularly-scheduled U.S. Senate election is currently held by incumbent David Perdue (R). Perdue was first elected in 2014. He declared his intention to run for re-election in the 2020 race.

In the U.S. House races, voters will elect candidates from each of the state’s 14 congressional districts. Heading into the November 3 election, the Republican Party holds nine of the 14 seats.

The primary is scheduled for May 19. A primary runoff is scheduled for July 21 if needed, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020. If needed, a general runoff election will be held on December 1, 2020, for state races and on January 5, 2021, for federal races.

Georgia’s statewide filing deadline is the 15th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on March 9 in Montana.

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