It's long been a given that the Georgia Senate special election will head to a January 5, 2021 runoff, with nearly two dozen candidates running in the all-party jungle primary on Election Day. But now several national Democratic strategists believe that runoff could end up being a double-header.

If no candidate in the regular election between Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff reaches 50 percent plus one, that race would also go to overtime early next year. One veteran Democratic strategist watching both races pegged it now at more than a 50 percent chance that both races will go to a runoff. Several others have agreed that the chances for that scenario are growing as the state becomes a presidential and a Senate battleground.

Of course, we won't know for at least another month whether or not Democrats' Senate majority could hinge on one or both of those races, and it's impossible to predict how the outcome of the presidential election will impact turnout. Would these potentially be the 50th and 51st seats, making the

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