SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Republican Sen. David Perdue is hoping to avoid a runoff with Democrat Jon Ossoff as election officials scramble to count remaining ballots.
Perdue on Thursday dropped below the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff as thousands of ballots remain to be counted across the state.
Both campaigns have weighed in, confident their candidate will win.
There is one thing we know for sure: Senator David Perdue will be re-elected to the U.S. Senate and Republicans will defend the majority. Perdue will finish this election in first place with substantially more votes than his Democrat opponent. Currently, Perdue’s lead is double the margin of defeat that Stacey Abrams faced for Governor just two years ago. If overtime is required when all of the votes have been counted, we’re ready, and we will win. It is clear that more Georgians believe that David Perdue’s positive vision for the future direction of our country is better than Chuck Schumer’s radical, socialist agenda. There’s only one candidate in this race who has ever lost a runoff, and it isn’t David Perdue.Perdue for Senate Campaign Manager Ben Fry
The votes are still being counted, but we are confident that Jon Ossoff’s historic performance in Georgia has forced Senator David Perdue to continue defending his indefensible record of unemployment, disease, and corruption. When a runoff is called and held in January, Georgians are going to send Jon to the Senate to defend their health care and put the interests of working families and small businesses ahead of corporate lobbyists. Georgians are sick and tired of the endless failure, incompetence, and corruption of Senator Perdue and Donald Trump.Ossoff’s campaign manager Ellen Foster
If it goes to a runoff in January, both of Georgia’s U.S. Senate seats could still be up in the air as Democrat Raphael Warnock and incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler face off on January 5, 2021.