9:50 p.m. ET – Ossoff now has 50.1% of the vote. He is hanging on by a thread tonight. Still a lot of votes to be counted though, so you never know.
9:40 p.m. ET – Ossoff is now at 50.8%, barely what he needs to avoid a run-off. He has no margin of error the rest of the night.
9:25 p.m. ET – Ossoff’s lead continues to shrink, as he is down to 55.6% of the vote, while Handel is up to 16.4% of the vote.
9:15 p.m. ET – Ossoff is now down to 56.7% of the vote, which is getting awfully close to the 50% mark he needs to win outright. In real votes, he has 48,094 votes, while second-place Karen Handel has 13,767 votes.
9:05 p.m. ET – With around 66,000 votes counted, Ossoff is down to 57.8% of the vote. Republican Karen Handel has solidified her second-place standing with 15.2% of the vote.
9:00 p.m. ET – It is now 9 p.m. in the East, and we are watching the special election to fill the House of Representatives seat vacated by Tom Price, who was named as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. With around 33% of the vote counted, Democrat Jon Ossoff is in the lead with 60.6% of the vote. He needs 50% plus one to win the election outright, otherwise, he will go into a run-off election with the second-place finisher.
8:46 p.m. ET – More votes are coming in, and Ossoff is now at 60.6% of the vote. He just needs 50% plus one vote to win outright.
8:45 p.m. ET – This race got an unexpected twist this morning when it was revealed that Ossoff wasn’t a resident of the 6th District, despite having grown up there. He said this morning that he was residing out of the district temporarily, and planned to move back. Will this influence voters? So far, the answer is no, but there is a lot of votes to be counted.
8:40 p.m. ET – If Ossoff is unable to win outright, then the big question becomes who finishes in second and advances to the run-off? Republican Karen Handel currently sits in second, but Dan Moody (R) is in third, not far behind.
8:35 p.m. – Judging by the early results, Ossoff will easily have the most votes. The only question is will he hit the magic number of 50% plus one to win outright? Judging by the early results, the answer would seem to be yes, but there is still a lot of votes yet to be counted.
8:30 p.m. ET – With 50,000 votes now counted, Ossoff remains in the lead with 62% of the vote. Handel has risen to 14% of the vote with approximately 1/3 of the vote counted.
8:25 p.m. ET – Again, we want to reiterate that these are very early vote totals. There is still a large majority of the vote yet to be counted.
8:22 p.m. ET – The latest set of results is in. This covers the early vote from Cobb and Dekalb County. Right now, Ossoff still leads, though it has dropped to 63% for him. Second place remains Republican Karen Handel, who has 11.4% of the vote.
8:20 p.m. ET – If one of the candidates is able to win 50% of the vote, then they will win the election outright. If no candidate can reach the magic number, then the top two candidates will face off in a run-off election. The winner of that would assume the seat.
8:10 p.m. ET – The first round of results are in, and Democrat Jon Ossoff is in the lead with 71.3% of the vote, with 9,483 total votes counted. These results include most of Dekalb County early voters. Results for Cobb County are expected momentarily.
6:00 p.m. ET – This election is to fill the seat vacated by Tom Price, who is now the Secretary of Health and Human Services. If a Democrat can win, it would be a huge swing for the minority party. Stay tuned for live results.