Loeffler, Warnock set for head-to-head debate in Georgia

From left: Raphael Warnock and Kelly Loeffler
From left: Raphael Warnock and Kelly Loeffler(WRDW)
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 2:57 AM CST
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ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock will face off in a televised debate on Dec. 6.

It’s the first head-to-head debate scheduled between the two candidates in advance of their Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia.

Loeffler and Warnock’s campaigns confirmed their attendance at the Atlanta Press Club debate to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Republican Sen. David Perdue will be represented by an empty podium during an event the same night, after Perdue declined to debate his Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff.

Ossoff’s campaign said Monday that Ossoff has accepted six invitations from various media organizations for upcoming debates. But Perdue’s campaign made it clear he doesn’t plan on debating Ossoff again. Perdue campaign manager Ben Fry says they’re taking their message “directly to the people” instead.

The twin runoffs in Georgia will help determine control of the U.S. Senate after none of the candidates received a sufficient majority to win a seat in the Nov. 3 general election.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.