Jon Ossoff Uses CNN Appearance to Fundraise for Campaign Despite Already Raising $106M – Newsweek

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger running against Senator David Perdue in one of Georgia’s Senate runoff elections, called for financial aid despite already raising $106 million.

“Well, Georgia voters are in trouble because of these efforts to disenfranchise them,” Ossoff said during a Tuesday interview with CNN.

The Democrat claimed that the Republican Party has launched multiple efforts to disenfranchise Georgia voters. Ossoff stated that these efforts included lawsuits attempting to purge thousands of voters from rolls, forcing them to cast provisional ballots and trying to remove ballot drop boxes.

“We are running the largest ‘get out the vote’ effort in American history. We have called more than 5 million Georgia voters in recent weeks. We are knocking on tens of thousands of doors per day. And all of this turnout effort– this money isn’t just going to television ads, this is turnout work and voter protection work,” said Ossoff.

“And I’m asking people for help because we need the resources… to fight back and defend voting rights in Georgia,” the Democrat added.

Candidates Warnock & Ossoff "Vote GA Blue"
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is shown above waving onstage during the “Vote GA Blue” concert on December 28, 2020 in Stonecrest, Georgia.
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Ossoff’s call for aid came as both the Democrats in Georgia’s Senate races have raised over $100 million in just two months, far surpassing the campaign hauls of their Republican rivals.

Ossoff, who is running against Perdue, took in more than $106 million from October 15 through December 16, according to his campaign’s recent finance report. Democrat Raphael Warnock, who is facing Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, was close behind Ossoff, raising a little over $103 million.

Perdue reported $68 million over the same two month time period, while Loeffler accumulated just under $64 million.

All four candidates have broken Senate fundraising records. The two Democrats, however, have raised nearly double the previous fundraising record for a Senate candidate held by Democrat Jaime Harrison, who accumulated $57.9 million during his unsuccessful bid against South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

The Democrats’ fundraising advantage gave the candidates an edge over their opponents in television advertising. Ossoff has spent $67 million on TV ads since the November election, compared to $34 million from Perdue, according to data from AdImpact.

The large fundraising effort for the Democrats was largely driven by grassroots donors, those who contributed less than $200, according to Politico. Small-dollar donations equated to $49.6 million for Ossoff.

However, Politico reported that due to a quirk in the financial reporting calendar, the source of the majority of outside spending will go undisclosed until after the election.

Outside groups, including senatorial committees from both parties, won’t be required to report their fundraising until the end of January. As a result, the source of the money the campaigns raised from November through the runoff won’t be disclosed until after voters have cast ballots.

With only a week left before voting closes on January 5, the race between Ossoff and Perdue remained too close to call according to recent polls.

Of the 500 registered voters survey by Insider Advantage on December 21 and December 22, 49 percent said they were voting for Perdue, while 48 percent said they were in favor of Ossoff.

However, a December 21 Survey USA/WXIA poll of 691 voters found 51 percent were voting for Ossoff and 46 percent supported Perdue.

If the Democrats both win in the state’s Senate runoff elections, it would create a 50-50 split in the Senate. This would give Democrats, who have a majority in the House of Representatives, control of both chambers of Congress since, in the event of a tie, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would cast the deciding vote.

Newsweek reached out to Ossoff’s campaign but didn’t hear back in time for publication

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