Polls show Democrats with slight edge in both Georgia Senate races

by Peter Heck · Jan 5th, 2021 11:34 am

Last Updated Jan 6th, 2021 at 9:56 am

Control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance as the two Georgia Senate runoff races hold their pivotal elections on Tuesday.

Both incumbent Republicans, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler won the plurality of votes in their races on Election Day, neither one eclipsed the necessary 50% mark to avoid a runoff.

Since that time, Democrat challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff have outraised their Republican opponents by a significant amount. According to averages of polling data, that money advantage may have transformed into a slight edge heading into the official day of voting.

According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, Ossoff leads Perdue by 0.5%, pulling in pace with the 0.5% advantage Warnock opened Loeffler.

Similarly, the FiveThirtyEight blog shows Ossoff with a 49.1% - 47.4% (1.8%) edge, and Warnock leading Loeffler by 2.1 points, 49.4% - 47.2%.

While the Warnock/Loeffler race has remained fairly steady at a 2-point lead for the Democratic challenger, Perdue has appeared to be closing the gap with Ossoff in recent days.

Republicans need to win one of the two seats to retain control of the Senate.


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