Election 2020: Complete guide to Georgia’s U.S. Senate race


The primary election is coming up Tuesday, and recent polls tell us that many Georgia voters are still undecided about who to vote for.

One of the top races on the ballot is for the U.S. Senate seat Republican David Perdue currently holds. Seven Democrats have qualified for the primary election. Perdue, who does not face a primary challenge, is running for a second term. Libertarian Shane Hazel is also running.

Below, we have provided you with a rundown of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s coverage of these candidates, including links to our own articles, videos of them in debate and their campaign websites.

Voters looking for information on how to submit their ballots should check out the AJC's "how to vote" guide. Those who want to download sample ballots and confirm which races they will be casting votes for should visit Georgia's My Voter Page.

U.S. Senate Democratic candidates

Sarah Riggs Amico, the executive chair of a trucking and logistics firm who ran for lieutenant governor in 2018. (sarahforgeorgia.com)

Marckeith Dejesus, works in health care administration and is a political newcomer. (marckeithdejesus.org)

James Knox, a U.S. Air Force veteran and civil service worker. (knox4senate.com)

Tricia Carpenter McCracken, ran in the 12th Congressional District in 2016 and for lieutenant governor in 2010.

Jon Ossoff, the CEO of a media production company that produces investigations and documentaries. He ran for the 6th Congressional District in 2017. (electjon.com)

Maya Dillard Smith, a civil rights attorney and former Georgia state director of the American Civil Liberties Union. (votemaya.com)

Teresa Tomlinson, a former Columbus mayor and attorney. (teresatomlinson.com)

U.S. Senate Libertarian  candidate

Shane Hazel, podcast host and a Marine Corps veteran. (spark.adobe.com/page/eK8dq5FDWuCMA/)

U.S. Senate Republican candidate

David Perdue, incumbent Republican senator and a former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General. (perdue.senate.gov)

Georgia’s other U.S. Senate race

Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to the office by Gov. Brian Kemp in December 2019, will run in a special election set for November 2020 that will pit candidates from all political parties on the same ballot. It will be an interesting race, as 21 people qualified to run.

Candidate Q&A 

The AJC posed a series of policy questions to each of the Democratic candidates in the race for Perdue's seat. Their responses are compiled here.

Debate coverage 

These candidates participated in the Atlanta Press Club's debate on May 3. Read our article about the debate or watch it in its entirety on YouTube. An organization called Candidate Video Debate also boiled down each candidate's responses into short videos that you can watch here.


Ossoff leads the Democrats with about $951,000 in the bank. But Perdue has nearly 10 times that amount -- $9.3 million -- in his account.

Additional AJC articles

MORE: Voter guide for June 9 primary and general election

COMPLETE COVERAGE: Georgia elections