The outcome of Georgia’s two Senate runoffs on January 5 will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate, and whether President-elect Joe Biden has any chance of enacting the kind of legislative agenda Democrats have long envisioned.
With such high stakes, neither party is sparing any expense to win these overtime contests. With a month to go before Election Day, the four candidates and their outside allies have spent or reserved over $322 million in TV ads, per data from Kantar/CMAG, a figure that is sure to increase as January approaches.
Previously, Inside Elections explored the history of runoffs in Georgia, as well as the major players in this year’s runoff elections. This week, we’re taking a look at the major issues being litigated by the four Senate campaigns.
The Cast (A Refresher)
On Jan. 5, Georgians will vote in two different Senate races.
The first is the regular election, between GOP Sen. David Perdue and documentary filmmaker Democrat Jon Ossoff. On Nov. 3, Perdue won 49.7 percent of the vote to Ossoff’s 48 percent; the race is headed to a runoff because neither candidate received a majority.
The second is the special election to fill the remainder of former GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term. It is between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to Isakson’s seat a year ago, and Democrat Raphael Warnock, senior pastor at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.
Loeffler and Warnock both appeared, along with two dozen other candidates,…