The Georgia U.S. Senate race might not be decided until after New Year’s Day, and there’s a strong possibility that Senate control could ride on the outcome.

If neither Democrat Michelle Nunn nor Republican David Perdue gains a majority of votes in the Nov. 4 general election, a runoff will be held on Jan. 6, 2015, following a nine-week campaign. Such a runoff stands a good chance of determining which party controls the Senate.

“We’ll be at the center of the political universe for nine weeks,” said UGA political science professor Charles S. Bullock III.  “We’ll have attack ads on Christmas Day. That’s the Christmas spirit.”

If a Georgia runoff occurs, the winner won’t take office until after the 114th Congress has convened. With other U.S. Senators seated, the Georgia race could tip the balance to either the Democrats or Republicans. 

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