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Two key races draw in Georgia voters

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - You may have noticed the endless number of political ads on your television, but don't expect them to stop just yet.

We're less than a week away from the November election and with several key races up for grabs, candidates are making a last minute push to win your vote.

So far in Georgia, hundreds of thousands of voters have already cast their ballot with more than 600,000 people taking advantage of early voting. Most of those have been in person with around 76,000 mail in ballots.

In Whitfield County, more than 2,500 area residents have already locked in their vote. Election officials say that's up slightly from last election and believe that's because of two big races going on for the Governor and Senate seats.

They both come from families with strong political backgrounds.

The race between Michelle Nunn and David Perdue is neck and neck for the Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss.

Some polls predict a possible toss up, requiring a runoff election in January.

Michelle is the daughter of former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn. He spoke to supporters Wednesday in Dalton about the momentum his daughter is gaining.

“I think if the next five days move as it has in the last two weeks and continues that trajectory, I think she has a chance of winning this without a runoff,” he said.

Even though the GOP has dominated the Peach State for the last decade, that could all change come Election Day. This race is big for the Senate as well as Republicans are vying to become the majority.

“We have the opportunity to take the Senate back and free the gridlock in the U.S. Senate,” Perdue said.

David Perdue is the first cousin of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and turned heads in the Primary when he beat Representative Jack Kingston for the GOP nomination.

Both races could go to runoff—Candidates have to get 50% of the vote.
The runoff election for Governor would be held in December and for Senate would be held in January.

According to a poll done by NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta—David Perdue holds 48% of the vote and Nunn has 45% on Wednesday.

Just one week ago, Nunn held a 2% lead over Perdue.

The race for Governor is also a tight one. Republican incumbent Nathan Deal holds 46% of the vote with his Democratic challenger Jason Carter with 44%.

Friday is the deadline in Georgia.  Thursday is the last day to early vote in Tennessee

The general election is Tuesday, November 4th.
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