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Can Jon Ossoff Win in Georgia? What to Watch as 5 States Vote Today

2020-06-09 13:12:10

ATLANTA — Five states hold primary elections on Tuesday, and the biggest race is in Georgia, kicking off what could be an important political year in the state. Georgia Democrats, whose hopes have often been dashed in recent years, think they have a chance to turn the state blue in presidential and Senate races for the first time in at least two decades.

Both of the state’s Senate seats are up for election this year, and on Tuesday, Democrats will select a candidate to oppose an incumbent Republican, David Perdue, in the fall. (The winner of the other seat will be chosen in a special election in November with no primary.)

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said on Twitter that voting machines were not working in many parts of the city.

Georgia polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern time, but more than one million voters have already cast ballots, most of them by mail, after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent absentee ballot applications to all active voters. Georgia is also holding its presidential primaries, which were postponed from March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Reporting was contributed by Nick Corasaniti, Catie Edmondson, Reid J. Epstein, Nicholas Fandos and Trip Gabriel.


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