September 29, 2020
Voters in Georgia's 5th congressional district go to the polls Tuesday to choose a replacement for the late Rep. John Lewis. The civil rights icon died in July at 80; he was in his 17th term.
- This is a special election for the remainder of Lewis's term.
- If none of the seven candidates gets a majority of the vote, there will be a top-two runoff on December 1
- One of the seven, Barrington Martin opposed Lewis in the state's June primary, receiving 12% of the vote
- After Lewis died, the Georgia Democratic Party chose State Sen. Nikema Williams as a replacement for the November election
- Neither Williams nor GOP nominee Angela Stanton-King is running in the special election
- Therefore, whoever wins the special election will only hold the seat until the end of the year
Results will appear here after the polls close at 7:00 PM ET.
The forecaster sees Democrats gaining between five and 15 seats in the 2020 election
After swinging sharply to Donald Trump in 2016, the state is among the most competitive in 2020. A closely-contested Senate race may help determine control of that chamber.
Currently at 233 seats - 218 needed - Democrats have a high probability of retaining control after the 2020 election.
The Sunshine State's competitiveness and large electoral bounty will once again play a pivotal role in the 2020 election.
Changes made to the electoral map, as well as to individual races for Senate, House and Governor.