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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 3:28pm

Senate Seat, Governorship On The Line In Tuesday’s Election

After months of campaigning and a barrage of negative TV ads, Georgia's high-stakes battle for U.S. Senate will be decided in Tuesday's election — unless it's not.

Polls suggest a close race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue with Georgia a key battleground in the fight for control of the Senate. Libertarian Amanda Swafford could play spoiler if no candidate captures more than 50 percent of the vote, triggering a Jan. 6 runoff.

Nunn, a nonprofit CEO and daughter of ex-Sen. Sam Nunn, emphasizes her ability to work across party lines.

Perdue, a former Dollar General CEO and cousin of ex-Gov. Sonny Perdue, argues Nunn will be a "rubber stamp" for President Barack Obama while he'll focus on creating jobs.

Meanwhile Georgia voters decide Tuesday whether to give Republican Gov. Nathan Deal four more years in office or make a change to Democrat Jason Carter after more than a year of contentious and often personal campaigning.

Georgia's demographics have shifted closer to Democrats' favor, but Republicans are confident their base and swing voters will turn out for the sitting governor who regularly touted the state's No. 1 rating by business publications and his administration's criminal justice work on the stump and in television ads. Democrats are counting on turning out voters who typically stay home in non-presidential years, particularly women and minorities.

If a candidate does not reach more than 50 percent of the vote, the two leading candidates advance to a Dec. 2 runoff. Political Rewind's Bill Nigut shares how that works in this explainer.

Other Races On The Radar

In addition to the top races for the U.S. Senate and Georgia governor, voters statewide will settle elections from Congress to state school superintendent.

As Georgians head to the polls Tuesday, Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Augusta is seeking crossover support from conservative voters in eastern Georgia to win a sixth term in Congress. He faces Republican construction company owner Rick Allen.

Voters are also choosing replacements for GOP Reps. Jack Kingston of Savannah and Paul Broun of Athens, who lost primary bids in the Senate race. Republicans are favored to win both seats.

Five black women, all Democrats, are running statewide for the first time in Georgia for offices from lieutenant governor to labor commissioner. One of them, Valarie Wilson, is seeking Georgia's open seat for state school superintendent.