Both of Georgia’s Senate races heading to runoff elections – New York Post

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Both of Georgia’s US Senate races are heading to runoff elections in January — contests that could potentially decide party control of the upper chamber.

Republican Sen. David Perdue, will face off against Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff as neither candidate has reached the 50 percent vote threshold required by the state to declare a winner.

Perdue on Friday maintained 49.8 percent of the vote, compared to Ossoff’s 47.9 percent, according to projections by The Associated Press. Amid a protracted vote count in the state, neither candidate claimed victory.

Perdue’s runoff election will be held on Jan. 5 — the same day of another runoff contest in the state between Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock, the Times reported.

The dual-runoffs could determine control of the Senate, which is currently held by Republicans.

Unofficial election results show next year’s Senate is now split 48-48 following elections Tuesday in which 35 seats were up for grabs.

Republicans are expected to pick up two Senate seats in races in yet-to-be-called races in North Carolina and Alaska, giving them a 50-48 advantage.

But if Georgia’s two runoffs are won by Democrats and Joe Biden becomes president, his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, would cast a tie-breaking vote with the Senate deadlocked 50-50.

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