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The 2020–21 United States Senate special election in Georgia was held on November 3, 2020 and on January 5, 2021 (as a runoff), to elect the Class III member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Georgia. Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated appointed incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler. The first round of the election was held on November 3, 2020, however, no candidate received a majority of the vote, so the top two candidates—Warnock and Loeffler—advanced to a runoff on January 5, 2021.
The election arose from the resignation of Republican Class III Senator Johnny Isakson in December 2019. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler to serve as Isakson's interim replacement on January 6, 2020. Because of this, Warnock's term will conclude on January 3, 2023, and he will have the option to run for reelection to a full term in 2022.
In accordance with Georgia law, no primary election took place for the special election; all candidates, regardless of party, were placed on the same ballot (known as a nonpartisan blanket primary), and the election was held on November 3, 2020. Warnock received the most votes with 32.9%, and Loeffler came in second with 25.9%. As no candidate received more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates advanced to a runoff election on January 5, 2021.The runoff was held concurrently with the regular Georgia Class II Senate election, in which Democrat Jon Ossoff defeated incumbent Republican David Perdue, also in a runoff on January 5. Following the November 3, 2020 Senate elections, Republicans held 50 Senate seats and the Democratic caucus—consisting of 46 registered Democrats and two allied independents—held 48. Because of this, the two Georgia runoffs determined the balance of the United States Senate under the incoming Biden administration. Winning both races gave the Democratic caucus 50 Senate seats, an effective majority with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes. The extraordinarily high political stakes caused the races to attract significant attention nationwide and globally.
Major media outlets, including Decision Desk HQ, the Associated Press, The New York Times, and NBC News, called the election for Warnock in the early hours of January 6, just minutes after he apparently declared victory. Though Loeffler vowed to challenge the results after she returned from the electoral vote certification in Washington, she conceded on January 7. Ossoff and Warnock became the first Democrats to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Georgia since Zell Miller in the 2000 special election. Warnock is the first Black senator from Georgia, as well as the first Black Democrat from the South elected to the Senate. Hours later, Ossoff was declared the winner in the regular Senate election. The two elections mark the first time since the 1994 United States Senate election in Tennessee and the concurrent special election that both Senate seats in a state have flipped from one party to the other in a single election cycle.
The election results were certified on January 19, 2021, with the senators-elect taking office on January 20.
On August 28, 2019, Isakson announced that he would resign from the Senate effective December 31 due to his deteriorating health. This triggered a special election to fill the remainder of his term. On September 17, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp launched a website inviting Georgia citizens to submit their résumés in order to be considered for appointment. President Donald Trump advocated the appointment of Representative Doug Collins. Kemp appointed Loeffler to fill the seat until the 2020 special election; she took office on January 6, 2020.
Despite the large number of candidates in the special election, by October 4, 2020, the Democratic Party had largely consolidated around Warnock's candidacy and had pressured other Democratic candidates, such as Matt Lieberman, to drop out to avoid vote-splitting.While she had not been treated as a major contender, being largely ignored by pollsters, Deborah Jackson received 6.6% of the vote in the initial round of the election, being the second-best performing Democrat, and outperformed fellow Democrats such Matt Lieberman and Ed Tarver, who pollsters had paid attention to. Al Jazeera attributed her performance, in part, to her being the first Democrat listed in the order of candidates that appeared on the ballot, and her being a familiar figure in the Democratic stronghold of DeKalb County.
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Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist ChurchEliminated
Deborah Jackson, attorney and former mayor of Lithonia
Jamesia James, businesswoman and U.S. Air Force veteran
Tamara Johnson-Shealey, businesswoman and frequent candidate
Matt Lieberman, businessman, activist, and son of Joe Lieberman, former U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Joy Felicia Slade, physician
Ed Tarver, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia and former state senator
Richard Dien Winfield, professor and candidate for Georgia's 10th congressional district in 2018Declined
Stacey Abrams, nominee for Governor of Georgia in 2018 and former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives (endorsed Raphael Warnock)
Sherry Boston, DeKalb County District Attorney
Jason Carter, nominee for Governor of Georgia in 2014, former state senator, and grandson of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (endorsed Raphael Warnock)
Stacey Evans, candidate for Governor of Georgia in 2018 and former state representative (running for state house)
Jen Jordan, state senator
Lucy McBath, incumbent U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district (running for re-election)
Michelle Nunn, CEO of CARE USA and nominee for U.S. Senate in 2014; daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn.
Jon Ossoff, documentary filmmaker and nominee for Georgia's 6th congressional district in 2017 (successfully ran for Class 2 seat)
Mike Thurmond, DeKalb County chief executive, former Labor Commissioner of Georgia, and nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010
Teresa Tomlinson, former mayor of Columbus (ran in the Democratic primary for the Class 2 seat)
Nikema Williams, state senator and Chair of the Georgia Democratic Party
Sally Yates, former United States Deputy Attorney GeneralEndorsements
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Kelly Loeffler, incumbent U.S. SenatorEliminated
Doug Collins, incumbent U.S. Representative for Georgia's 9th congressional district
Derrick Grayson, minister, network engineer, software developer, perennial candidate, U.S. Navy veteran
Annette Davis Jackson, businesswoman and candidate for Georgia State Senate in 2016
Kandiss Taylor, student services coordinator for Appling County Board of EducationWithdrawn
Ervan Katari Miller, perennial candidate
Wayne Johnson, former chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid (remained on ballot)Declined
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