Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) clinched the preliminary victory in Georgia’s “jungle primary” special election. Sen. Loeffler was challenged by Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA), but received enough support to advance to the runoff in January, where she will face Democrat Raphael Warnock.
NBC News projects the Georgia Senate Special will go to run-off, as none of the candidates has met the required threshold to win the race. Raphael Warnock (D) will advance to the run-off. @NBCNews— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 4, 2020
Senator Loeffler was appointed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) in 2019 after former Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) announced his retirement. The state's "jungle primary" allowed Rep. Collins to challenge Sen. Loeffler, presenting a battle within the party. Rep. Collins' concession presents a united front for Republicans in what was a highly contested race.
Smart move from Collins. Everyone knows what's at stake if a radical like Warnock gets anywhere near the Senate https://t.co/44kneDE4KX— Jesse Hunt (@JJHunt10) November 4, 2020
National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) said that voters will "unite and rally" behind Senator Loeffler in the run-off:
“Senator Loeffler does not back down from a fight, and Georgians know she puts them first in the Senate. We are one step closer to victory, and I look forward to Peach State voters uniting and rallying behind Senator Loeffler’s record of accomplishments and commitment to Georgia values.”
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