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Voters head to the polls for Georgia Senate races

Marquise Francis, Yahoo News National Reporter & Producer, joins Yahoo Finance’s Kristin Myers to break down the latest developments in the Georgia runoff elections.

Video Transcript

KRISTIN MYERS: But I want to start now in Georgia. And I want to turn there for more updates on the ground, from this Georgia Senate runoff election. We're joined now by Yahoo News national reporter and producer Marquise Francis, outside in the field, as you guys can see. Hey, Marquise. Give us all the updates.

MARQUISE FRANCIS: Hey, how are you doing Kristin? So like you mentioned, I'm outside-- I'm actually in Jonesboro I just came from Slutty Vegan in Jonesboro where former Democratic House leader Stacey Abrams went out there to talk to customers at the Slutty Vegan restaurant. That county, which-- in which Jonesboro, is located, is a key county for Democrats to-- excuse me, my laptop on top of my car, excuse me-- for Democrats to be able to take control of the Senate.

And I was able to sneak in a couple questions and I asked her, you know, depending on the turnout, what is she-- how can Democrats work with Republicans. And she just laid out, Georgia is a divided state and the two sides need to figure out a way to come together. Democrats and Republicans within this state, they need money for the stimulus, they need to come together. Violence in major cities is another thing that has come up with several voters that they're concerned about.

So regardless of where it shakes out, people need to come together. Earlier today I was in southwest Atlanta, where Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff was out there speaking to voters-- excuse me, sorry about that. That's what happens when you're out in the field, a truck just passed. Jon Ossoff was out in the field talking to voters and he was just driving home the point, the need for a new Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act, and just talking to people about what he plans to do.

A notable is that Senator David Perdue is not out campaigning on these final days of voting just because he was exposed to COVID-19 last week. So he is now quarantining. Senator Kelly Loeffler, the other Republican on the ballot, she has been out and about. She was at the Trump rally last night that I was also at in Dalton, Georgia, where Republicans continue to tell their constituents, continues to hold the firewall.

They're the last line of defense knowing that President-elect Joe Biden will take over in just a couple of weeks, even though they're going to possibly challenge it with the electoral tomorrow. So it's a lot-- my energy is actually up, I've been at few polling places today. So it's a lot going on all over Georgia. But like you mentioned, all eyes on Georgia because what happens in these two Senate races will really determine what Joe Biden can and can't do in his first two years in office.

KRISTIN MYERS: So Marquise, I want to thank you, of course, for joining us from the field showing, everyone some of the perils of what it's like to report from outside. But I wanted to ask you because you were mentioning that you were at some of those polling locations, and we have a live look of some of those polling places right now I wanted to ask you about how close this race is right now as you've gone out, you've talked to voters, you've seen the polls. Is this going to be a neck and neck race down to the very last vote passed today?

MARQUISE FRANCIS: I think so. I think-- I mean, voting-- polling locations opened up at 7:00 AM and they close at 7:00 PM all across the state. And in Georgia it's different, you know, where most states, you may have already tabulated those early votes. And we know there's already been over 3 million in Georgia. In Georgia they wait until the polls close and then they begin tabulating those votes. So not only do they have three million early votes to go through, but all of the votes that-- that were cast today.

And in the general election there was a record five million Georgians that turned out for the first time flipping Georgia blue since 1992 for Biden. And yes, I talked to several folks, first in Southwest Atlanta. Most people were going for Ossoff and Warnock, and you can tell kind of by the environment it was more of an urban black community. But then when I went to Buckhead it was more of a mixed crowd. Several folks didn't even want to tell me who they voted for. I'm inclined to think they were more on the conservative side of things.

So I really do think it's going to come down to the wire. It's really a matter of who can get more people out. I know recent polling has really been up one or down one for either candidate. And it's really going to come down to who can get more people out.

KRISTIN MYERS: All right, absolutely. We might be in a very interesting circumstance where more voters come out for this Senate runoff election than even came out for the general election. Yahoo News national reporter and producer Marquise Francis, thank you, as always, for bringing us all of those updates, facing all of those trials, from sliding laptops to trucks rustling in the background. Thanks for bringing us all those updates.