For this year’s U.S. Senate special election race in Georgia, a runoff seemed almost inevitable after more than twenty candidates vied for former Senator Isakson’s seat. Senator Isakson announced his retirement in August 2019 over health concerns.
In Georgia, a candidate is required to earn 50% plus one vote to win an election outright. Late poll data show that each of the runoff candidates, Raphael Warnock and Kelly Loeffler earned nearly 30% of the vote each.
A report made by 11Alive News at 11:57 p.m. ET shows that Warnock received 29% of votes while Loeffler earned 27% with 74% of the 2,656 voting precincts reporting election data.
Following the announcement of the runoff election, both qualifying candidates remained hopeful and fired up for the next phase of the fight ahead.
Warnock delivered a speech to reporters from his campaign headquarters stating, “It doesn’t matter who I’m running against, because I know who I am running for.”
Loeffler, who gained the enthusiastic support of Donald Trump, told attendees at her campaign headquarters that the plan would remain the same, reminding voters her plan to “keep our neighborhoods safe.” Republican opponent Doug Collins pledged his support to Loeffler in the runoff election.
The runoff election between Loeffler and Warnock has been set for January.
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