Tuesday, October 19

Democrats in Georgia’s Runoff Elections Raise Over $ 200 Million in Two Months | US News


Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, both contenders for crucial U.S. Senate seats in Georgia who will decide the fate of Joe Biden’s new administration, have raised more than $ 100 million each in just two months.

The announcement of the recent record ballots, which considerably outnumber those of his Republican opponents, comes with less than two weeks until the second-round elections are decided in special elections on January 5.

Ossoff, who runs a media production company and opposes incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue, raised more than $ 106 million from Oct. 15 to Dec. 16, according to his latest campaign finance report.

Meanwhile, Warnock, who is pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and is running against incumbent Kelly Loeffler, raised just over $ 103 million.

Georgia’s races are the focus of intense national political interest, as they will decide which party controls the Senate, currently in the hands of Republicans, and, in turn, the legislative branch of President-elect Biden.

If the Republicans win a race, they will narrowly hold power and mark a major break in a wide range of actions by Biden, including the possibility of naming who he wants to his cabinet.

But if Democrats win both races, the Senate will split 50-50, meaning Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would decide the tiebreaker votes, allowing Democrats to present a more ambitious agenda.

The two seats went to the second round after Perdue and Loeffler, one of the richest members of the Senate, won less than 50% of the vote on Election Day in November.

The previous fundraising record was held by Democrat Jamie Harrison, who raised $ 57 million in one quarter in his failed bid to oust Senator Lindsey Graham in South Carolina in November.

Warnock Campaign Manager Jerid Kurtz said: “We are honored by the grassroots support and generosity that continues to drive Reverend Warnock’s campaign to represent all Georgians in the United States Senate.”

Early voting in the state began on December 14. As of Thursday, more than 2 million people – more than a quarter of the state’s registered voters – had already cast their votes in the elections, suggesting that overall turnout will be high.

In November, when President-elect Biden became the first Democrat to win the state since 1992, nearly 4 million Georgians voted early.

Five thirty eight he currently has Perdue and Warnock far ahead.

For Democrats, both President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have campaigned in the state. While for Republicans, President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka have made campaign stops.

Democrats have tried to highlight the stock trading of their Republican opponents and their support for Trump, while Republicans have targeted Warnock, repeatedly referring to him as a “radical liberal.”

A group of black pastors wrote an open letter to Loeffler in which they said his rhetoric against Warnock was “a broader attack on the black church and the religious traditions we defend.”

Meanwhile, Trump has attacked Republicans in the state, vocation Governor Brian Kemp is a “clown” and a “fool” and calls Kemp and other prominent Georgia Republicans “Republicans in name only.”

Campaigning in Columbus, Georgia on Monday, Harris saying supporters at a drive-in movie, “2020 doesn’t end until January 5.” He added: “That’s when 2020 will end. That’s when we’ll do this.”

Michelle Obama plans to campaign virtually in the state at a drive-in movie organized by her When We All Vote organization to mobilize voters. Celebrate Georgia! January 3 will also feature performances by Rick Ross, Jack Harlow, Pastor Troy and Monica.


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