Georgia Democrats and Republicans are warily eyeing the third-party candidates in the two races atop the ballot, mindful that voters could be headed to two more grueling contests if no candidate tops 50 percent on Nov. 4. They are worried for very different reasons.
The Democratic candidates know their best shot at victory likely lies in November and not beyond. No Democrat has won a statewide runoff in Georgia since 1992, even though three of the candidates had the lead in the general election. That's a track record Jason Carter and Michelle Nunn aren't eager to test.
For Republicans, another round of voting could expose them to a shocking upset and a flood of outside money seeking to influence the race. And it could weaken them if they manage to hold on.