UPDATE: Just 1 runoff race moved to Jan. 5 after update from Secy. of State

UPDATE: Just 1 runoff race moved to Jan. 5 after update from Secy. of State
Out of hundreds of races in the state of Georgia, eight are now headed to a runoff. (Top Row L-R: David Perdue, Kelly Loeffler, Kwanza Hall. Bottom Row L-R: Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and Robert Franklin) (AJC/Getty Images/Ossoff Campaign/Emory University)

ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday that one state runoff races scheduled for Dec. 1 has been moved to Jan. 5, 2020.

Raffensperger initially indicated several had been moved but his office later clarified that it is just the race for public service commission 4 that will be moved from Dec. 1 to Jan. 5.

The runoff between Lauren Bubba Mcdonald, Jr. (I) (R) and Daniel Blacman (D) will coincide with Georgia’s two crucial Senate races.

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Raffensperger said he had the power to move the runoff due to the ongoing health emergency.

“This is an untenable situation for these men and women, to try and run both of these elections,” Raffensperger said.

However, the secretary of state’s office clarified and said the U.S. House Georgia District 5 Special Election runoff to fill the late John Lewis' seat will still happen on Dec. 1.

Former Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and former Morehouse College President Robert Franklin are looking to win the special election to fill the remainder of the term of the late John Lewis. The term will only be about 6 weeks, until State Sen. Nikema Williams is sworn in for the new term.

Georgia’s two Senate races will determine the balance of power in the Senate.

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[SPECIAL SECTION: Election 2020]

RESCHEDULED RACES:

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION DISTRICT 4

  • LAUREN BUBBA MCDONALD, JR. (I) (R)
  • DANIEL BLACKMAN (D)

STILL HAPPENING DEC. 1:

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 39 SPECIAL DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

  • SONYA HALPERN (D)
  • LINDA PRITCHETT (D)

DISTRICT ATTORNEY – WESTERN – SPECIAL (CLARKE AND OCONEE COUNTIES)

  • DEBORAH GONZALEZ (D)
  • JAMES CHAFIN

POLK COUNTY COMMISSION SPECIAL ELECTION

  • LINDA LILES (I) (R)
  • RICKY CLARK (R)
Experts predict over $200 million will be spent on Georgia’s Senate runoffs