Dream co-owner Loeffler heading to runoff election

11/4/2020 10:52:38 AM EST

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler failed to earn more than 50 percent of the vote in Tuesday night's U.S. Senate race in Georgia and will take part in a runoff election to try to retain her seat.

Loeffler, a Republican, was appointed to the Senate by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to fill the seat of Johnny Isakson, who retired.

She became a household name outside of Georgia earlier this year when she publicly disagreed with the WNBA over its support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Commissioner Cathy Engelbert declined to take any action against Loeffler.

"We're not going to force her to sell her ownership," Engelbert told CNN in July. "She is not a current governor (of a team), she is not involved in the day-to-day, and we are aware there are interested parties who want to purchase the team.

While playing in the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Fla., players from the Dream and other teams wore shirts urging voters to choose one of Loeffler's opponents, Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock.

In all, about 20 candidates vied for the seat in Tuesday's election. With 93 percent of the ballots counted, Warnock had 31.9 percent of the vote (1.48 million) to 26.5 percent (1.23 million) for Loeffler. The third-place finisher, Republican Doug Collins, won 20.4 percent (948,488.)..

The runoff election is scheduled for Jan. 5.

--Field Level Media

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