In the Senate runoffs, as of Friday, Democrat Jon Ossoff led Republican David Perdue by nearly 1%, and Democrat Raphael Warnock was ahead of Republican Kelly Loeffler by almost 2%.
Official results are unlikely to be certified until near a Jan. 22 deadline, but national media outlets have called the races for Ossoff and Warnock. Losing candidates are entitled to a recount in Georgia only if their races are within half a percentage point.
The runoffs in Bartow County, located 50 miles northwest of Atlanta, weren’t as close. Both Perdue and Loeffler received about 75% of the vote.
Loeffler and Perdue have each conceded.
The Bartow audit will be conducted in the same way as the statewide audit and recount in November, when election workers sorted paper ballots into piles for each candidate and counted them. Kirk said he will audit one of the two Senate races, but he hasn’t decided which one.
The audit will take place Tuesday and Wednesday and be open to public observation. It will be conducted by about 20 to 25 workers. Kirk didn’t have an estimate for its cost.