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The US Senate race in Georgia is heading into a runoff election, where Democrat Raphael Warnock will face Republican Herschel Walker for the second time.
In addition to this exceptionally close race, Georgia is also one of only two US states to have a runoff for primary and general elections.
This means that under Georgian electoral law, if no candidate obtains more than 50% of the vote, a second round is triggered and the two best candidates will face each other again in a new election held four weeks later. on polling day.
In this case, the Warnock and Walker run-off election will take place on December 6. There is no threshold required to win in this race.
The December election will mark the second time Warnock’s bid for the Senate has made a runoff. Two years ago, he then beat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, in a runoff race.
The predecessor to Georgia’s runoff election passed after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states. The runoffs were seen as additional barriers to black voting, according to the US Vote Foundation, which characterizes the practice as having “Jim Crow roots.”