Runoff Election – What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

Runoff Election - What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

( – On January 5, Georgia voters will choose their senators. Republican incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are facing off against two Democratic challengers in runoff races. But why do they have to wait until January?

In the Peach State, if a candidate doesn’t win at least 50% of the vote, the state holds a runoff race with the top two winners. In November, Perdue only received 49% of the vote in his election against Democrat Jon Ossoff and other candidates. Loeffler received about 25% of the vote after she faced challenges from Republicans and Democrats.

This particular runoff is incredibly important because it will determine which party holds the majority in the US Senate for the next two years.

If Republicans win at least one of the races, they will keep the Senate and be able to preserve President Donald Trump’s legacy no matter who wins the White House.

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