Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff raised more than $4.7 million last month, a total his campaign said marked the highest single-month fundraising total of any Georgia candidate in Senate history.“Georgians from all walks of life are united behind Jon’s message of rebuilding an economy that supports flourishing small businesses and working families, attacking the rampant corruption in Washington and ensuring every Georgian has affordable and accessible health care,” Ellen Foster, Ossoff’s campaign manager, said Thursday.With a series of polls calling the race between Ossoff and incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue a tossup, Perdue’s GOP backers have been pouring money into his campaign as well.
As I mentioned a little while ago, Ossoff is the top target for Moscow Mitch’s Super PAC:
GEORGIA SEN. DAVID PERDUE receives a gusher of outside money to help him fend off Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. Since mid-July, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has spent nearly $5 million against Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and former congressional candidate. Senate Leadership Fund, an outside group aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has as of Thursday spent more against Ossoff than any other Democratic Senate candidate—part of an announced $6.6 million “surge” of spending in the state. Another $13.5 million is on its way between September and Election Day.
Republican groups want to paint Ossoff as inexperienced and committed to costly policy changes, according to GOP operatives. Some Republican strategists see him as a mostly blank slate in Georgia, and say they can use ads to effectively define him, despite his high-profile 2017 congressional special election. Ossoff said that McConnell’s allies are trying to “bail out my opponent’s sinking campaign.” A Perdue spokeswoman accused Ossoff of having an agenda that “appeals to his donor base outside of Georgia.”
The spending shows Georgia’s newfound status as a battleground. Both President Trump’s and former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaigns have announced ad buys there. But Ossoff has gained more traction against Perdue than the Democrats running in Georgia’s other Senate race, a special election to complete the term of retired Sen. Johnny Isakson. There, much of the Republican spending is aimed at other Republicans, with appointed Sen. Kelly Loeffler trying to fend off a challenge from Rep. Doug Collins. SLF has spent $774,083 against Collins in that race, where two Democratic candidates trail the two Republicans and risk being locked out of Georgia’s one-on-one runoff that will follow the November election if no candidate wins a majority of votes cast.
And of course, the GOP old guard is lining up to help Perdue:
The Republican rift over U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s seat is deepening by the day. But David Perdue is eager to prove he’s united GOP voters in Georgia’s other U.S. Senate race.
The first-term incumbent rolled out endorsements on Friday from several former Republican U.S. senators from Georgia: Johnny Isakson, Saxby Chambliss, Mack Mattingly and Nancy Coverdell, the wife of the late Sen. Paul Coverdell.
None of these statements of support come as any surprise, but they’re meant to put some distance between his contest and the bitter GOP feud over Loeffler’s seat.
And Ossoff has been focusing on the issues like investing and strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities:
His plan focuses on:
Facilities and technology
Program expansion in vital fields to train STEM professionals, health care workers, and educators
Ossoff says that he wants “to deliver substantial resources to make tuition affordable and debt-free.”
He says while HBCUs already receive federal support, he thinks it should be expanded.
Ossoff says that especially amid a pandemic, healthcare workers are a necessity, and investing in HBCUs is a must.
He also wants to focus on training educators. Ossoff says that black children who have black teachers to look up to as role models of great necessity.
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