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Tags: Georgia | run-off | Senate | governor | close

Atlanta Mayor Reed: Georgia Races Will Go to Runoffs

By    |   Tuesday, 04 November 2014 06:45 PM EST

The mayor of Atlanta thinks the voters in his state will have to return to the polls after Tuesday's midterm elections.

With tight races for the Senate and governor happening in the Peach State, Kasim Reed told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he feels both will go to runoff elections.

If no candidate earns at least 50 percent of the vote in either race, the top two vote-getters will advance to another election that will decide the winner.

"I think that both of them are probably headed for runoffs," Reed said. "I think [Democrat] Michelle Nunn has an opportunity to win [the Senate seat] outright. But I think both of them are going to be headed to a runoff."

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"I said more than two years ago that my focus was gonna be the United States Senate because candidly, I think control of the United States Senate is more consequential than because of how I feel about the leadership of President Obama," Reed said. "So that's where I've been spending my time."

The Senate race between Nunn and Republican David Perdue may go to a Jan. 6 runoff. Perdue is leading in recent polls but his support is hovering just under the 50-percent mark.

Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford, who had around 3 percent of voters' support in recent polls, could be the deciding factor on whether or not Nuun and Perdue go to a runoff. With the race so close, even the few percentage points Swafford could garner might send the race to extra innings.

The gubernatorial race is being contested between incumbent Republican Nathan Deal, Democrat Jason Carter, and Libertarian Andrew Hunt. A runoff election would be held Dec. 2.

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The mayor of Atlanta thinks the voters in his state will have to return to the polls after Tuesday's midterm elections. With tight races for the Senate and governor happening in the Peach State, Kasim Reed told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he feels both will go to...
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