Democrats faced their own challenges. The biggest was whether they could draw back to the polls the coalition of African American voters and Atlanta suburbanites who helped fuel Biden’s slim victory in Georgia, this time without a presidential contest on the ballot.
And all four candidates had to overcome exhaustion from voters bombarded by an onslaught of ads, teams of canvassers, text messages, digital messaging and other appeals to vote. Celebrities cajoled them to vote, and big-name politicos fanned out across the state to hold rallies.
More than $830 million was spent on the races, an astonishing total that will only rise as the final spending comes into clearer view. And more than 4.4 million Georgians cast their ballots, surpassing the number of votes cast in Georgia during the 2016 race for the White House.
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