Georgians cast votes in pivotal runoffs for Senate control

ATLANTA – Voting precincts in Georgia closed Tuesday at 7 p.m. in what’s been the most expensive Senate race in U.S. history.

After the polls closed, the state began counting vote-by-mail ballots in addition to the votes cast Tuesday. More than 3 million Georgians had voted early, either by mail or during in-person voting in December. The state shattered its turnout record for a runoff. The state’s previous record was 2.1 million in a 2008 Senate runoff.

At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the race was too early to call.

LINK: Results in Georgia’s two US Senate runoffs

Gabriel Sterling, a top official with the Georgia secretary of state’s office, said voting was smooth across the state with minimal wait times, though lines of around an hour built up in Republican-leaning Houston, Cherokee, Paulding and Forsyth counties.

“We’re gonna start getting results and tonight we’re gonna biggest both of them,” Sterling said. “If I’m a betting person, which I’m not, I would say it’s gonna be a couple of days. I anticipate it will be close race one way or the other.”

Both Senate seats are up for grabs in the Peach State. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, the incumbent Republican senators, are facing off against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

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