During the 2020 general election, Georgia held two U.S. Senate elections: a regularly scheduled Senate race between incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue and several challengers, including Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff; and a special election between incumbent Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler (who had been appointed by Georgia governor Brian Kemp following the 2019 vacancy left by the resignation of Senator Johnny Isakson) and several challengers, including Reverend Raphael Warnock. In November, no candidate in either Senate race reached a required 50% threshold to secure a victory, requiring both races to be resolved by runoff elections held January 5, 2021. Because Republicans held on to a 50-48 split in the U.S. Senate after November, the runoffs would also determine which party held control of the Senate. Like the general election, the runoff elections experienced high turnout with few problems and winners were declared shortly after Election Day.
Author: Axel Hufford