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Voters split on candidates in Georgia Senate runoffs: poll

The first major poll from Georgia since the two Senate runoff races were announced shows both races in a dead heat.

Kansas-based Remington Research Group released a poll on Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, showing Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerGeorgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks Kelly Loeffler's WNBA team sold after players' criticism MORE (R-Ga.) and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock statistically tied at 49 to 48 points with a 2.6 point margin of error. The same polling data showed Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks Please, President Trump: Drop your quest for revenge and help the GOP MORE (R-Ga.) ahead of Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 points, 50 to 46 points.

The two senate races have become of great national interest as the outcome of these elections will likely determine which party controls the Senate for the next few years.

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According to projections from The Associated Press, the Republican party only needs two more seats to maintain its current majority in the senate. If Democrats manage to flip the two seats, they would have a majority due to Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMichelle Obama says 'everyone was concerned' about potential violence at Biden inauguration Ella Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? MORE having the deciding vote as president of the Senate.

The once reliably red state made a surprising flip this election when it was projected to go to President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE. This is the first time the state has voted blue since former President Clinton was elected in 1992. On Wednesday, a hand recount of the election was announced.

In a joint statement, Loeffler and Purdue called for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to resign on Monday claiming he had failed to deliver "honest and transparent elections.” 

Raffensperger rejected such calls saying, “The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”

As the Journal-Constitution notes, many big-name politicians are making their way down to Georgia to support their respective party candidates in the runoff race. GOP leaders have called on President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE to focus his support on Georgia and Vice President Pence reportedly told GOP senators he would be traveling to the Peach State next week.