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On Jan. 5, Sen. Kelly Loeffler Kelly LoefflerMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout MORE (R-Ga.) will face off against her Democratic challenger, the Rev. Raphael Warnock, while Sen. David Perdue David PerdueTrump: 'I'm ashamed that I endorsed' Kemp in Georgia Ossoff warns McConnell would cause paralysis in federal government if GOP holds Senate Collins urges voters to turn out in Georgia runoffs MORE (R-Ga.) will take on Democrat Jon Ossoff.

The two runoffs will come after none of the candidates reached the 50-percent threshold needed to win their respective races.

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Democrats are hopeful for wins in the Peach State after President-elect Joe Biden Joe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE became the first Democratic presidential candidate to flip the state in decades. Republicans, on the other hand, are fiercely defending the state, hoping to keep a check on the Biden administration on Capitol Hill.

Here are five things to know ahead of the Georgia Senate runoffs.

Democrats counting on record turnout

While Biden scored a historic victory at the top of the ballot in Georgia, Democrats will face a number of hurdles in the January runoffs.

Perdue garnered 86,000 more votes than Ossoff, while Warnock benefited from the fact that two Republicans— Loeffler and Rep. Doug Collins Douglas (Doug) Allen CollinsGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Majority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans MORE (Ga.)…
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