Control of the Senate will come down to Georgia.
The math is not complicated. In the current Senate, Republicans hold a three-seat advantage, 53-47. With Biden as president elect (and Kamala Harris set to preside as Senate tie-breaker) Democrats need a net gain of three seats to control the chamber.
The election has been rough for Democrats and Republicans now control at least 50 seats. Democratic wins in Arizona and Colorado, and a loss in Alabama, Democrats have only netted one seat so far. The party failed to capture top contests in Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, and Montana. Can Democrats still pick up two seats?
It’s possible because of the Peach State, where both senate contests now appear to be headed for runoff elections, to be held on January 5th.
Here’s where the 16 races we were following on election night stand:
TO BE DETERMINED:
Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue has a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. But his share of the vote appears to be just below 50 percent, putting this contest on the path to a runoff. Perdue’s campaign manager acknowledged this reality putting out a statement saying his candidate was “excited for overtime.” (An Associated Press projection made the Perdue/Ossoff runoff official Friday night.)
Tuesday night’s election functioned as a primary for this special election, created by the retirement of GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson late last year. Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the appointed incumbent, now will face off with Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock, according to projections by the AP.
Former NASA astronaut (and husband to former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords) Mark Kelly has defeated the appointed incumbent Sen. Martha McSally, who has the dubious distinction of losing before Arizona voters in 2018 and 2020. (Projection by the Associated Press.)
Democratic incumbent Sen. Doug Jones has lost his seat to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, according to a projection by the AP.
This was an open race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Pat Roberts. Republican Rep. Roger Marshall, a Kansas congressman, has defeated Democrat Barbara Bollier, according to a projection by the AP.
Republican incumbent John Cornyn has claimed victory in Texas, where his Democratic opponent MJ Hegar has reportedly conceded.
Holding the powerful to account isn’t cheap. Support Rolling Stone’s award-winning political coverage with a digital subscription. Click here to subscribe.