Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler is fending off a challenge from Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock in today’s high-stakes Georgia runoff election.
The race is one of two Senate runoffs where Republicans are facing Democratic opponents hoping to flip seats from red to blue. The other matchup is between Republican David Perdue, who was elected to a six-year Senate term after winning election in 2014, and Democrat Jon Ossoff.
Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Loeffler in 2019 to fill the seat left by the retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson, and she was sworn in in January 2020. She is married to Jeffrey Sprecher, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange and she is a co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
Loeffler has attempted to portray her Democratic opponent as a radical who is too far to the left. Warnock, in turn, has said that Loeffler wants to divide Georgia, and distract from her opposition to the Affordable Care Act and the health care insurance it provides in the middle of a pandemic.
During a December debate, Loeffler repeatedly referred to Warnock as a “radical liberal,” while he countered by saying that he believes “in our free enterprise system.”
Warnock targeted the GOP senator over stock transactions that have been a subject of intense scrutiny for their timing related to the coronavirus pandemic. He accused Loeffler of having “dumped millions of dollars of stock in order to protect your own investments.”
Loeffler fired back, “I’ve been completely exonerated. Those are lies perpetrated by the left-wing media and Democrats to distract from their radical agenda.”