Franklin, Hall advance to runoff in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District special election

Robert Franklin (D) and Kwanza Hall (D) will advance to a December 1, 2020 runoff in Georgia’s 5th Congressional District special election. As of 9:25 p.m. EST, The New York Times called the race with 70% precincts reporting. Franklin had received 27.1% of the vote and Hall had received 32.4%. Mable Thomas (D) received 19.7% and Keisha Sean Waites (D) received 12.4%. No other candidate received more than 10% of the vote.

The winner of this race will serve the remainder of John Lewis’ (D) congressional term through January 3, 2021. Since the election advanced to a runoff, the winner’s tenure in Congress will last 33 days. The Democratic and Republican nominees for the November election in Georgia’s 5th, Nikema Williams (D) and Angela Stanton King (R), opted to not run in the special election.

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