Jon Ossoff who gained fame as a 2017 candidate for a special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district where he came within four percent of winning is now taking a new challenge in running against Republican Senator David Perdue.
The 32-year-old announced his Senate run in tandem with the highest-profile endorsement yet in the contest: U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the Atlanta Democrat and civil rights icon who said Ossoff “sparked a flame that is burning brighter than ever.”
Three other Democrats have already announced campaigns against Perdue with a number of others considering the run.
The Democrat told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he would “raise a grassroots army unlike any this state has ever seen” by expanding the network of supporters who helped him raise roughly $30 million in a 2017 special election he narrowly lost.
Georgia’s other Senate seat now occupied by Republican Johnny Isakson will also come up in the 2020 election because Isakson plans to retire later this year due to health issues. Ossoff said he prefers to run against Perdue rather than a seat that will be filled by an appointed Senator because Perdue is out of touch and ineffective.
Two strong Democratic candidates running at the same time for the two Senate seats can reinforce each others strengths. Ossoff’s proven fundraising and the vast amount of money he spent in the Atlanta area in 2017 could help Democrats win both seats and possibly turn Georgia blue in the presidential race.