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Ossoff challenges Perdue to three debates ahead of January Senate runoff

Ossoff challenges Perdue to three debates ahead of January Senate runoff

Democrat Jon Ossoff on Monday challenged Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueTrump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races MORE (R-Ga.) to three televised debates ahead of their January Senate runoff election in Georgia.

“Our country continues to face great challenges  acute public health and economic crises, persistent economic hardship for working families, unequal justice under the law, deep political divisions, and widespread corruption in our political system,” Ossoff wrote in a letter to Perdue.

“Georgians deserve to hear their candidates for U.S. Senate debate these issues publicly,” he added. “I am asking you to join me in committing to three live, in-person debates sponsored by media organizations throughout our great state. Georgians deserve nothing less.”

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Ossoff and Perdue advanced to a runoff election last week after neither candidate managed to pass the 50 percent vote threshold required to win the Senate contest outright. Perdue leads Ossoff in the initial vote 49.7 percent to 47.9 percent.

The runoff between Ossoff and Perdue is one of two Senate runoffs expected in Georgia in January. A special election to fill the seat previously held by former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonOssoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff Democrats press Facebook, Twitter on misinformation efforts ahead of Georgia runoff MORE (R-Ga.) also advanced to a runoff last week after no candidate passed the 50 percent threshold. In that race, Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerTrump set for precedent-breaking lame-duck period Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races MORE (R-Ga.) will compete against Democrat Raphael Warnock

The dual runoffs in Georgia will be pivotal in determining which party controls the Senate for at least the next two years. Republicans are likely to enter 2021 with 50 seats in the chamber. If Democrats win both of Georgia’s seats in the January runoffs, it will effectively give them control of the chamber, given President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  New DOJ rule could allow executions by electrocution, firing squad MORE and Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisKamala Harris calls nurse on Thanksgiving to express gratitude in fight against COVID-19 Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE’s victory in the White House race over the weekend. Harris would become the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

Ossoff projected confidence in Democrats’ chances of winning both Senate seats in Georgia in January, telling CNN in an interview that there is “a huge sense of enthusiasm and momentum” behind his and Warnock’s campaigns.

“To have two Senate runoffs for Senate control, with so much at stake, with this virus still raging out of control, with an urgent need to get economic and financial relief to families in my state and across the country,” he said. “We have the wind at our backs and a great sense of promise and opportunity here.”