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Raphael Warnock (D)
2,462,617
32.90%
Kelly Loeffler (R) i
1,273,214
25.91%
Doug Collins (R) 980,454
19.95%
Deborah Jackson (D)
324,118
6.60%
Matt Lieberman (D)
136,021
2.77%
Tamara Johnson-Shealey (D)
106,767
2.17%
Jamesia James (D)
94,406
1.92%
Derrick E. Grayson (R)
51,592
1.05%
12 candidates under 1%



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Registration: 7,233,584.

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Notes:  Sen. Johnny Isakson (R), first elected in 2004, announced that he would resign at the end of 2019 due to health reasons.  This gave Gov. Brian Kemp the opportunity to appoint someone to fill the seat, who would then face election in 2020 and 2022.  Many names were floated; President Trump favored U.S. Rep. Doug Collins from CD-9 in northeast Georgia.  However on Dec. 4, Kemp announced his selection of businesswomen Kelly Loeffler, part owner of the WNBA Atlanta Dream.
  Collins, who had support from many grassroots Republicans, went ahead and announced on Jan. 29 that he would challenge Loeffler.  Rev. Raphael Warnock (D), senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, announced his candidacy on Jan. 30 and garnered the endorsement of the DSCC the next day.  All told twenty candidates competed in the special election nonpartisan blanket primary or "jungle primary" on Nov. 3, 2020.  Warnock finished first at 32.90% followed by Loeffler at 25.91%.  Collins did not qualify for the runoff, finishing third at 19.95%.

On Oct.. 19 candidates debated as part of the Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series, hosted by Georgia Public Broadcasting.  Because of the number of candidates, there were two debates.  Based on polling, six leading candidates—Loeffler, Warnock, Collins, Matt Lieberman (D) and Ed Tarver (D) and Brian Slowinski (L)—engaged in the first  debate.  Ten remaining candidates engaged in the second debate.  For both, the candidates and panelists participated from remote locations (>, 2).  

In their campaigns, Loeffler and Collins both sought to align themselves with Trump.  In one notable exchange in the debate, Matt Lieberman asked Sen. Loeffler, "Can you name something that President
Trump has said or done that you disagree with?  Loeffler responded, "No, because I am proud to be the only U.S. Senator with a 100-percent voting record with President Trump.  I've been named the most conservative senator in the U.S. Senate, and have been endorsed by National Right to Life.  That's because I will always stand up for conservative values.  That's what this president is doing.  He's lifted the economy to new heights..."  Collins challenged Loeffler's 100-percent claim, "Maybe your math's wrong or maybe your cue card's wrong."  A Collins lit piece carried the headline "Trump Pit Bull Doug Collins."

In addition to this race, the Perdue-Ossoff race and the presidential race, which tightened in the closing weeks (
+), flooded the Georgia airwaves with advertising.


Campaign Managers:
Raphael Warnock:  Jerid Kurtz
(Feb. 2020)  Campaign manager on Barry Grissom for Kansas, June-Oct. 2019.  Campaign manager on Trone for Congress (MD), Jan. 2018-Jan. 2019.  Campaign manager on Whitmer for Governor (MI), Mar.-Aug. 2017.  Campaign manager on Bera for Congress (CA), Jan.-Dec. 2016.  Campaign manager for Assemblymen Herb Conaway and Troy Singleton (NJ), May-Nov. 2015.  Communications director on Anthony Brown for Governor (MD), Mar.-Dec. 2014.  Communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party, Mar. 2012-Mar. 2014.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), May 2011-Apr. 2012.  J.D. (2009) and B.A. in political science and English (2005) from Case Western Reserve University.


Kelly Loeffler:  Taylor S. Brown
(from May 1, 2020) 
Owns a political consulting firm and practices law at Draughon Law Group in Macon.  Campaign manager on businessman Clay Tippins' run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.  Has worked in professional politics since 2006 on a variety of congressional, state senate, state house, county commission, school board, and municipal races.  J.D. from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law; undergraduate degree from University of Georgia.
 
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ucceeded...
Billy Kirkland 
(Campaign manager and senior advisor from Jan.-Apr. 2020) 
A senior advisor to the Trump 2020 campaign and for Vice President Pence's leadership PAC.  Special Assistant to the President and Director of External Affairs, Office of the Vice President (from Apr. 2018) and Special Assistant to the President & Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (from Jan. 2017) at The White House.  Georgia senior strategist on President Trump's 2016 campaign from Aug. 2016.  Managing partner at PWK Group, LLC in Atlanta, from Jan. 2015.  Campaign manager on Perdue for Senate, Mar. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Member of Parkside Management, 2011-16.  National field director for the Faith & Freedom Coalition, Feb. 2010-Mar. 2013.  Regional rep. for the Georgia Republican Party, April-Nov. 2006.  Intergovernmental affairs in the Office of Gov. Sonny Perdue, 2004-06.  B.A. in political science and government from the University of Georgia.








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