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Loeffler and Warnock agree to December debate

Loeffler and Warnock agree to December debate
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Georgia Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win MORE (R) and Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDaily Beast reporter discusses prospects for K stimulus checks Democrats see Georgia as model for success across South Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE have agreed to debate each other on Dec. 6.

The televised debate will be hosted by The Atlanta Press Club, which invited all candidates of the two runoff races to debate.

"The Atlanta Press Club Loudermilk-Young Debate Series is pleased to report that both Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Rev. Raphael Warnock have confirmed their participation in a debate airing live on Georgia Public Broadcasting on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 7 - 8 p.m.," the group said in a release.

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In the other race, Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid McConnell has said he thinks Trump committed impeachable offenses: report Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE (R) has refused to debate Jon OssoffJon OssoffDaily Beast reporter discusses prospects for K stimulus checks Democrats see Georgia as model for success across South Georgia state senators who backed attempts to overturn presidential election stripped of committee assignments MORE (D).

"Jon Ossoff has confirmed his participation, so according to our rules, we will proceed with the debate and Sen. Perdue will be represented by an empty podium," The Atlanta Press Club says on its website.

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In both races, no candidate was able to secure the required 50 percent of votes needed to win on Election Day. Perdue was close, however, receiving 49.7 percent of the vote, with Ossoff right behind at 48 percent.

Warnock garnered over 344,000 votes more than Loeffler, but neither gained even 35 percent of the total vote.

Warnock on Monday challenged Loeffler — who was appointed to her seat by Gov. Brian KempBrian KempGeorgia House to consider replacing Confederate statue with statue of John Lewis Republicans eye primaries in impeachment vote Trump's legacy is discord and division MORE (R) at the end of 2018 after former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler concedes to Warnock Hawley to still object to Pennsylvania after Capitol breached Hillary Clinton trolls McConnell: 'Senate Minority Leader' MORE (R) announced he was retiring — to two additional televised debates before Jan. 5.

The showdown for Georgia's two Senate seats will also determine which party has a majority in the chamber. If either Perdue or Loeffler win, the GOP will retain control of the Senate, but if both lose, then there would be a 50-50. This would allow Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden-Harris team unveils inauguration playlist Trump approval rating relatively unchanged in wake of Capitol rioting: NBC News poll Harris to resign from Senate seat on Monday MORE to cast a tie-breaking vote on legislation, giving Democrats the majority.

At the moment, the GOP is favored to retain both seats, though Democrats have remained optimistic about their chances after President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE became the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the Peach State since 1992.

The Loeffler and Warnock campaigns did not immediately respond to The Hill's requests for comment.