The Georgia Senate race won’t be headed for a runoff as the Republican surpassed the necessary 50 percent plus one vote threshold.
Democrat Michelle Nunn had just 41 percent of the vote compared to 57 percent for Republican David Perdue with 67 of precincts reporting.
Perdue replaces retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), the top GOP on the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The Georgia runoff would have taken place on Jan. 6. That’s after the 114th Congress will come into session.
Perdue maintained a slight lead in polls going into the vote.
Democrats went in the election up in arms about 40,000 “missing voters” — registrations gathered in three counties by the NAACP and the New Georgia Project. A voter registration drops out of the system after 30 days if the registrant’s identity isn’t able to be verified.