The 2020 election has already proven to be a historic one, especially here in Georgia. The state has more registered voters than ever (7.6 million, according to the AJC), 1 million new voters since the last presidential election, and we’ve seen record turnout in absentee voting and a surge in early voting. Across the country, political observers are keeping a close eye on Georgia to see if the state will re-elect President Donald Trump or elect a Democratic president for the first time since 1992.
But you’ve heard plenty about the presidential race, and it’s far from the only heated competition on the ballot this year. We came up with a list of questions for the candidates in several of metro Atlanta’s federal races: the two open U.S. Senate seats and the 5th, 6th, and 7th Congressional District seats. We sent the same set of questions to each set of opposing candidates so that you can see how their answers vary.
Unfortunately, not all the candidates had responded to our questions as of press time, but if we receive their answers before Election Day, we will publish them as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have provided links to their campaign websites.
This statewide race will appear on all Georgia ballots.
- Republican David Perdue is the incumbent. He has not yet provided responses to our questions, but you can visit his campaign website here.
- Democrat Jon Ossoff
- Libertarian Shane Hazel
This race for former Sen. Johnny Isakson’s seat is also known as the “jungle primary” due to the fact that there was no primary for this seat. That means there are 21 total candidates are on the ballot. This statewide race will appear on all Georgia ballots.
- Republican Kelly Loeffler is the incumbent. She has not yet provided responses to our questions, but you can visit her campaign website here.
- Republican Doug Collins
- Democrat Raphael Warnock
- Democrat Matt Lieberman
5th Congressional District
This race is for the seat held by Rep. John Lewis, who died in July. (Note that the race on the November ballot will determine who serves the term beginning in 2021. A separate runoff election between Kwanza Hall and Robert Franklin, to be held in December, will determine who holds this seat only for the rest of 2020.) Georgia’s 5th District includes the City of Atlanta, Decatur, East Point, College Park, Hapeville, Forest Park, and Morrow.
- Republican Angela Stanton-King
- Democrat Nikema Williams has not yet provided responses to our questions, but you can visit her campaign website here.
6th Congressional District
Georgia’s 6th District includes Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, East Cobb, Roswell, Alpharetta, Milton, and Johns Creek.
Democrat Lucy McBath is the incumbent
- Republican Karen Handel has not yet provided responses to our questions, but you can visit her campaign website here.
7th Congressional District
Georgia’s 7th District includes Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Lilburn, Duluth, Snellville, Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Sugar Hill, and Cumming.
- Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux
- Republican Rich McCormick has not yet provided responses to our questions, but you can visit his campaign website here.