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Loeffler, Warnock advance to runoff in Georgia special election

Loeffler, Warnock advance to runoff in Georgia special election

Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as 'weak,' 'fake Trumper' Loeffler asks Georgia attorney general to investigate Raffensperger over 2020 election Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R) and Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDemocrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor Alabama museum unveils restored Greyhound bus for Freedom Rides' 60th anniversary The Hill's Morning Report - Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with 'thank you, Georgia' MORE are projected to have advanced to a runoff in Georgia's special Senate election.

The Associated Press called the results shortly after 11 p.m. EST. 

Warnock and Loeffler each had more than 28 percent of the vote in the special election on Tuesday night. That is below the 50 percent threshold needed to win outright and avoid a January runoff, but they appeared to be the top two vote-getters to advance to a runoff.

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Loeffler was competing for GOP support against Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsPoll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (R-Ga.), who trailed her and Warnock with 23 percent of the vote with 60 percent of precincts reporting. Collins tweeted late Tuesday to say that he had called Loeffler and "congratulated her on making the runoff."

"She has my support and endorsement," he wrote.

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Loeffler was specially appointed to the seat by Gov. Brian KempBrian KempStacey Abrams on why she won't quit working: 'The world isn't fair yet' Georgia, South Carolina governors sign bills to pay college athletes Poll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor MORE (R) at the end of 2019 to replace retiring Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonLoeffler group targets Democrats with billboards around baseball stadium Warnock raises nearly M since January victory Five big takeaways on Georgia's new election law MORE (R). She was sworn in at the beginning of this year.

Warnock, meanwhile, has shot up in the polls this fall, picking up major endorsements from former President Obama and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D).

He was leading Loeffler by less than 5,000 votes on Tuesday, though it’s unclear if the Democrat will be able to unseat Loeffler in the runoff on Jan. 5.

“I’ve been standing up for everyday people, ordinary people, decent hardworking people, some at the very bottom, my entire life, and I’m not about to stop now,” Warnock said in an address Tuesday night.