Georgia polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday within the all-important Senate runoff elections, however we gained’t begin getting outcomes till shortly after voting locations begin closing at 7 p.m. With New York Occasions reporters on the bottom throughout the state, right here’s a fast information for the best way to comply with alongside.
First, the races:
One is a repeatedly scheduled contest wherein Senator David Perdue, a Republican, is working for a second time period in opposition to Jon Ossoff, a Democrat. Mr. Perdue virtually gained in November however ended up just shy of a majority, with 49.7 p.c of the vote to Mr. Ossoff’s 47.9 p.c, triggering a runoff below Georgia legislation.
The second race is a particular election between Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, and the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. In a crowded field in November, Mr. Warnock bought 32.9 p.c of the vote and Ms. Loeffler, who was appointed to her seat, bought 25.9 p.c. The winner of the runoff will serve out the rest of former Senator Johnny Isakson’s time period, which ends in 2022.
If Democrats win each races, they’ll create a 50-50 break up within the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris appearing as tiebreaker. If Republicans win both race, they’ll retain management of the Senate and the power to dam a lot of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s agenda.
We’ll have a good suggestion by midmorning Tuesday about what turnout seems like: Democrats are relying on massive numbers in main cities and the Atlanta suburbs, and Republicans want quite a lot of voters in smaller cities, rural areas and strongholds like northern Georgia.
The Occasions can be protecting the runoffs all day and evening. A reside weblog can be revealed Tuesday morning, and a hyperlink can be added to this text as soon as it’s accessible.
You may as well comply with the vote counts on The Occasions’s outcomes pages, which can embody reside evaluation from reporters. These pages will go reside Tuesday afternoon.
Once we’ll know the winners is an open query. With outcomes coming in round 7:30 p.m., we may know who gained by late Tuesday evening — but when the races are very tight, it may additionally take a number of days. Whereas greater than three million Georgians voted early, their ballots can’t be tabulated till the polls shut.
Lengthy traces may additionally trigger delays. (Any Georgian who’s in line by 7 p.m. has the best to vote.) In previous elections, lines have been a particular problem in and round cities, like Atlanta, which have massive Black populations and are closely Democratic.
When Georgia’s early voting interval for the overall election started in October, some voters in Atlanta and its suburbs, reminiscent of Fulton and Gwinnett Counties, waited so long as eight hours, and features have been additionally lengthy in Chatham County, which incorporates Savannah. Within the state’s main election in June, it was previous midnight by the point the final voters — all of whom had been in line by 7 p.m. — forged their ballots.