Republicans have secured 50 seats in the next U.S. Senate and Democrats 48 (including two independents who caucus with them). Control of the next Senate will come down to Georgia’s runoff elections.
On Nov. 30, we launched Runoff Report, a daily newsletter providing the latest on each runoff and the overarching fight for Senate control. Here’s the type of stories you can expect to find:
- Balanced coverage of candidates’ statements, events, and activities
- Campaign ad comparisons
- Policy/issue position comparisons
- Campaign events with national political figures
- Satellite spending summaries
- Features on the major state and national influencers involved in the races
- Historical context on Senate runoffs in the state
- Voting trends in the state and key counties
Georgia was the only state to hold two Senate elections in 2020: a regularly scheduled election and a special election to complete the term Johnny Isakson (R) won in 2016. Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Kelly Loeffler (R) to succeed Isakson, who resigned at the end of 2019. She and Raphael Warnock (D), senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, are running to complete the term ending in January 2023. David Perdue (R), first elected in 2014, is seeking re-election in the other race. He faces Jon Ossoff (D), who ran against Karen Handel (R) in the 6th Congressional District special election in 2017.
Georgia holds runoffs when no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the general election.