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Will Georgia Have 2 Senate Runoffs in December?

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Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Friday, 30 October 2020 02:34 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The special election for the U.S. Senate seat from Georgia will almost certainly result in Democrat Raphael Warnock placing first, getting a plurality of the vote, and the second place-finisher — one of two Republicans — making the runoff election in December.

That's the law in the Peach State regarding offices for which no candidate gets a majority.

In the last few days, there has been growing speculation that there will actually be two runoff races for the U.S. Senate in Georgia in December. 

According to a just-completed poll from Public Policy Polling, Democrat challenger Jon Ossoff leads Republican Sen. David Perdue in the race for the full term with 47% to the incumbent's 44%. Another 3% went to Libertarian nominee Shane Hazel, a U.S. Marine combat veteran and owner of a film production company.

Ossoff began to gain ground over long-presumed front-runner Perdue in their last televised debate. By most accounts, the challenger gained points by hammering Perdue over what he branded inaction on the coronavirus crisis.

Perdue has since refused to debate Ossoff, leading the Democrat to charge he is ducking the issues. 

"Debates at the U.S. Senate level are not 'marquee events' anymore," veteran Georgia GOP consultant Matt Towery told Newsmax. "Other than political junkies, most voters don’t care about them. So in my view, if you are ahead — and clearly the Perdue camp thinks they are — why give your opponent more exposure or a chance to let the hostile media trip you up?  It's actually a smart move by Perdue."

Former Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., a past chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, agreed.

"I don't think the debate cancellation has any purchase," he told us. "He has a legitimate 'campaign reason' for doing so. I still believe he wins, but I've reduced my prediction from 5% to 7% [margin of victory] to 2% to 4%." 

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The special election for the U.S. Senate seat from Georgia will almost certainly result in Democrat Raphael Warnock placing first, getting a plurality of the vote, and the second place-finisher - one of two Republicans - making the runoff election in December. That's the law in the Peach State...
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