Right now is, as soon as once more, Election Day within the state of Georgia. Right here’s what you want to know:

• Advert spending surrounding the Peach State’s twin U.S. Senate runoffs now tops a quite mind-boggling $521 million. That’s in accordance with the fifth (and ultimate) Marketing campaign Advert Scorecard (CAS), Additional time Version—a part of an ongoing venture led by Advert Age Datacenter Director of Knowledge Administration Kevin Brown in partnership with Kantar/CMAG. (See the desk beneath.) Add up spending for the 2 seats from Jan. 1, 2019, by Jan. 5, 2021, and the tally exceeds $700 million.

• Democrat Jon Ossoff is as soon as once more within the advert lead; his marketing campaign has dropped $89.2 million on promoting (primarily throughout TV and radio, with some digital within the combine) from Nov. 3 by Jan. 5. Ossoff is difficult U.S. Sen. David Perdue, the Republican incumbent, whose marketing campaign has spent $49.6 million on advertisements over the identical interval.

• The second U.S. Senate seat in play is at the moment held by Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, whose advert spending now stands at $49.4 million. Her challenger, Democrat Raphael Warnock, has clocked “extra time” advert spending of $78.5 million.

• As poll-parsing web site FiveThirtyEight helpfully explains, “The Senate at the moment stands at 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. If Democrats win each runoffs, the social gathering may have management of the chamber as a result of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would break any ties. But when Republicans win one of many two races, they are going to preserve management.” Talking of FiveThirtyEight, its meta-analysis of polls reveals the Perdue-Ossoff and Loeffler-Warnock races are principally useless heats.

• Take into account that the figures above (and beneath) don’t even depend pre-runoff advert spending (as enumerated in our chart beneath).

• The figures additionally don’t think about different main marketing campaign prices, reminiscent of workers salaries, workplace lease and fewer seen—and thus tougher to trace—promoting reminiscent of unsolicited mail.

• Some historic background on the present-day drama: “Why Georgia has runoff elections” (subhead: “Racist lawmakers constructed Georgia’s election system, and now it’s affecting the steadiness of the Senate”), through Vox.

• It’s price noting that simply earlier than Christmas, in our earlier Marketing campaign Advert Scorecard, Ad Age Datacenter’s Kevin Brown explored the mystery of how a lot high-priced advert stock may even be discovered within the Peach State on the final minute.