Georgia Runoffs To Determine Senate Control
Incumbent David Perdue (R) fell below 50 percent threshold needed to secure outright victory after delayed votes counted from Fulton County Wednesday. Perdue has 49.84 percent of the vote, with opponent Jon Ossoff at 47.85. Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel comes in at 2.32 percent. Perdue now expected to face Ossoff again in January runoff. The second runoff will be between Democrat Raphael Warnock and incumbent and vilified WNBA owner Kelly Loeffler. Warnock got 32.87 percent of the Election Day vote, with Loeffler second at 26 percent, ahead of fellow Republican Doug Collins at 20 percent. Loeffler faced scrutiny over the summer after speaking out against Black Lives Matter, which led to a revolt from the WNBA rank and file, including players of the Atlanta Dream franchise Loeffler co-owns. Social justice and activism was the overwhelming theme throughout the league's 'wubble' season held in Florida. Democrats likely need victories in both races to gain a 50-50 split of the center, and control of the Senate if Kamala Harris assumes the vice-presidency. The races will be expensive with interest groups on both sides investing in the dual showdowns.