Vote 2020 anomaly: 23 candidates for 2 US Senate races on Georgia ballot

Winner of one or both races might not be determined until January runoff

23 candidates running for two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia this year.
23 candidates running for two U.S. Senate seats in Georgia this year. (Photos from Atlanta Press Club, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Ballotpedia)

It rarely happens and Georgia is the only place in America it will happen this election year: Both the state’s U.S. Senate seats are on the ballot at the same time.

Between the two races, Georgia voters will see 23 Senate candidates on the November ballot

Because Georgia’s senior senator, Johnny Isakson, resigned late last year for health reasons, all voters will pick who will fill the last two years of his six-year term at the same time they will decide whether to give the state’s junior senator, David Purdue a second term or elect one of two challengers.

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Kelly Loeffler to fill Isakson’s open seat until the special election. She is among 20 candidates in that race -- eight Democrats, six Republicans and six others from smaller parties or not aligned with any party.

Candidates for U.S. Senate (remaining 2 years of term)

Doug Collins - attorney - dougforgeorgia.comDeborah Jackson - attorney - www.deborahforgeorgia.comBrian Slowinski - Libertarian -
Derrick Grayson - network engineer - graysonforga.comJamesia James - retired Air Force/business owner - www.jamesiajames4ussenate.comAl Bartell - independent - business consultant -
Annette Davis Jackson - businesswoman - Johnson-Shealey - advocate - www.tamaraforgeorgia.comAllen Buckley - independent - attorney/CPA -
A. Wayne Johnson - business executive - www.johnsonsenate.comMatt Lieberman - former teacher and head of school - liebermanforsenate.comMichael Todd Greene - independent - former educator
Kelly Loeffler - incumbent U.S. Senator - www.kellyforsenate.comJoy Felicia Slade - physicianValencia Stovall - independent - business owner -
Kandiss Taylor - educator - www.kandisstaylor.comEd Tarver - attorney - www.tarverforsenate.comJohn Fortuin - Green Party - property manager -
Raphael Warnock - pastor -
Richard Dien Winfield - professor -

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