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Critical Georgia Senate races move to run-offs

07 Nov 2020 10:01, Somoy English Desk
Critical Georgia Senate races move to run-offs
Critical Georgia Senate races move to run-offs

There's a lot going on in Georgia.

A recount will be held there in the presidential race, after Joe Biden edged ahead of Donald Trump by a margin of about 4,000 votes.

But Georgia's Senate races have also become nail-biters as the contests for the state's two seats are now due to go to run-offs in January.

Under the state's rules - different to most - Senate candidates must receive 50% of the vote to win the seat, reports BBC. 

This did not happen in either contest.

Republican incumbent, David Perdue is expected to face Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in one race, and in the other, Republican incumbent, Kelly Loeffler will run-off against Democrat Raphael Warnock. 

If both Democrats pull off wins, they could hand control of the US Senate to their party.

The races will be decided on 5 January - just over two weeks before the next president's inauguration.

And while the Trump/Biden face-off might be the topic on everyone's mind right now - the results of these twin run-offs while have serious implications for how much the eventual winner can get done.

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