An election year anomaly has resulted in both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats being up for election in November this year, and the gun control group Brady has announced it’s backing Rev. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in the U.S. Senate race to take on Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
Loeffler, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Brian Kemp, is now facing a special election to fill the remainder of the current term. Sen. David Perdue, meanwhile, is running for a full six year term. Jon Ossoff, who became a darling of Democrats in 2017 when he challenged Republicans for an open seat in Georgia’s conservative 6th congressional district, won the Democratic primary earlier this year and will face Perdue on the ballot.
Loeffler, meanwhile, will take part in a special general election that had no primary at all. Instead, every candidate will appear on the ballot, regardless of party. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two finishers will face off in a runoff election on January 5th, 2021. Currently, there are six Republicans and eight Democrats running, which makes the odds of Loeffler winning 50% of the vote outright a pretty daunting task. Her biggest challenger on the right is Rep. Doug Collins, and there’s a fairly good chance that the runoff will be between two Republicans.