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Candidates are locked in close races as Georgia voters decide a pair of Senate runoffs that will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the chamber in Washington. The races pit Republican David Perdue, whose Senate term expired Sunday, against Democrat Jon Ossoff; and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican appointed to an unexpired term about a year ago, against Democrat Raphael Warnock.

Election Day in Georgia comes a day ahead of a joint session of Congress to certify the electoral college vote and cement President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. President Trump is pressuring Vice President Pence, who will preside over the session, to intervene in the tally.

Here’s what to know:

  • In Tuesday’s runoffs, 4.4 million votes were cast; that’s lower than the 68 percent turnout rate in November, but much higher than 54 percent turnout in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election. Another way to look at it is that turnout in the runoff is 88 percent as high as in November’s presidential election, which is quite high for a runoff.
  • Exit polls showed partisans sharply divided over confidence in Georgia’s vote count as Trump repeatedly makes baseless claims about widespread voter fraud and a rigged election. The polls also showed Democrats making gains among Hispanic and Black voters.
  • Debate over Trump’s electoral grievances dominated the final full day of campaigning for the runoffs in Georgia, raising concerns among Republican strategists that his conspiracy theories would depress GOP turnout.
  • Here’s where Senate Republicans stand on certifying the electoral college vote.
  • Election results are under attack: Here are the facts.