Do midterm US election run-offs run ad infinitum?

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The Politicus
Nov 10, 2022 11:30 AM 0 Answers
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Watching the events unfold from across the pond (I am a UK citizen) I am keen to learn the systems in place with the elections in the US.

I have seen that just like in the last presidential election (Why are there run-off elections in Georgia this year?) there is to be a run-off election in this years midterm senate election in Georgia.

How this came about is another question which I may ask later, but for this question I know what I am asking below are 3 questions on top of my main question, but they are interlinked as I am trying to understand how many run-off elections can be carried out.

  1. Do the 3 candidates who ran this year — Raphael Warnock (Democrat), Herschel Walker (Republican) and Chase Oliver (Libertarian) — run in the run-offs or is the run-off only run with the 2 candidates with the most votes (Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker)?
  2. If all three are run again, what happens if there are similar results (nobody gaining at least 50% of the vote)? Does another run-off happen and keep happening with the 3 candidates until the 50% minimum is reached?
  3. If there are 2 candidates and the very unlikely occurs where both candidates get exactly 50% of the vote, is there another run-off?
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