Here’s the latest news out of Georgia:
Investigative journalist Jon Ossoff has grown his fundraising lead in the final stretch leading up to the June 9 Democratic U.S. Senate primary.Ossoff’s campaign raised $739,362 between April 1 and May 20, according to the final campaign-finance report filed with the Federal Election Commission before next month’s election to choose a Democrat to challenge incumbent Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson raised $402,003 during the same period, followed by businesswoman and 2018 Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Sarah Riggs Amico, whose campaign brought in $237,381.
Ossoff’s totals for April and the first three weeks in May padded a fundraising advantage he already enjoyed over his two main Democratic opponents. Overall, he has raised more than $4.1 million, compared to almost $2.5 million for Tomlinson and nearly $1.7 million for Amico.
While polling has been sparse, recent polling shows Ossoff the front runner in the primary:
The Ossoff campaign says the efforts and statewide outreach have made the race with “Perdue neck-and-neck.” Ossoff must first make his way through a crowded Democratic primary on June 9th before facing Republican David Perdue and Libertarian Shane Hazel in the November election.
A recent Civiqs poll found Ossoff leading Perdue 47-45 percent. GOP internal polling has found the race is a dead heat, while expert political analysts like The Cook Political Report have upgraded the race for Democrats in light of Ossoff’s strong polling against Perdue.
Ossoff outraised Perdue without accepting any contributions from corporate PACs and Ossoff says Perdue has been “fined by the FEC for excessive corporate fundraising.”
Meanwhile, Sarah Riggs Amico finally went on the air:
One of the Democratic contenders hoping to ultimately unseat Senator David Perdue has hit airwaves in Georgia.
U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Riggs Amico launched her first TV ad this week to promote what her campaign says is ‘her vision of leadership that guides America through its current storm by placing the interests of the nation’s working families first.’
The ad, which focuses on faith, also prods Perdue for not speaking up for some communities in Georgia. At the end of the ad, Amico says, “I approve this message because the problems we face are fixable, but Senator Perdue is not.”
Hello — former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes here.The U.S. Senate is in desperate need of experienced leaders like Teresa Tomlinson. I’ve known Teresa for years: first, as a talented lawyer, and second, as a great Mayor of Columbus, Georgia. As the most recently elected Democratic Governor of Georgia, I know firsthand that we will need a candidate with that type of experience to win in November.I trust Teresa — who has taken on corporate bullies in federal court and led Columbus out of the Great Recession to be one of America’s 25 Best Run Cities — to lead our ticket and take advantage of a historic opportunity for Georgia Democrats in this election. Teresa is statistically tied in her first-ever head-to-head poll with David Perdue, and her campaign is only getting stronger.Your donations are keeping Teresa’s campaign ads running in every media market in Georgia, reaching thousands of voters daily. Please make a donation right now to keep these ads running and help win the primary on June 9th.I want to thank you for investing your time and money into this campaign. It is so critically important — together, we will elect a leader that Georgians deserve.Yours truly,Roy Barnes
Governor of Georgia