In November, Georgia’s incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler faced challenges from Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively. When none of the candidates received at least 50 percent of the vote, which is required by Georgia law in order to declare a winner, it triggered the runoffs.
These hotly contested races underscore the significance Georgia has played in the struggle for control between Democrats and Republicans.
“It’s incredibly unusual, not only to have two elections — that happens from time to time — but to have those two elections determine the fate of the Senate,” PBS NewsHour correspondent Lisa Desjardins said.
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