How to watch the Senate debate in Georgia on Sunday

Candidates in one of the two Senate races in Georgia that will determine the makeup of the chamber for at least the next two years will face off during a debate on Sunday — one month before the runoff election.

Who are the Senate candidates?

Kelly Loeffler, the Republican incumbent, is being challenged by the Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat. Candidates in the other Senate race — Democrat Jon Ossoff and GOP Sen. David Perdue — were also asked to participate, but only Ossoff accepted. Perdue will be represented by an empty podium.

What time is the Georgia debate?

It will run from 7 to 8 p.m. ET.

Where is the debate being held?

It will be broadcast from Georgia Public Broadcasting’s studios in Atlanta.

Who is moderating the debate?

WAGA-TV/Fox5 Anchor Russ Spencer will moderate and Atlanta Journal-Constitution Political Writer Greg Bluestein and WABE Radio Morning Edition Host Lisa Rayam will participate as panelists.

What is the format?

Candidates will not be allowed to make opening statements, according to the Atlanta Press Club​, which is hosting the event​. The debate will be broken into three rounds. In the first one, each candidate will be asked a question by a panelist. In round two, a candidate can pose a question to his or her opponent. Time is allotted for rebuttals. The third round will allow panelists to question the candidate of their choice. The candidates will give closing statements.

Jon Ossoff (left) and GOP Sen. David Perdue
Democrat Jon Ossoff (left) and GOP Sen. David Perdue
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How can I watch the Georgia on TV or livestream?

C-Span and CNN will carry the debate live, along with GBT-TV. It will be livestreamed on CNN.com and the Atlanta Press Club’s Facebook page.

Why is there a runoff election?

According to Georgia election rules, a runoff will occur when a candidate fails to win more than 50 percent of the vote on Election Day.

Why is the runoff election receiving such attention?

Because it will determine which party controls the 100-member Senate. Currently, Republicans have a 50-48 advantage. But if Warnock and Ossoff win, the chamber would be split 50-50 and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would be able to break any deadlocks.

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