Stunning Fundraising Haul Indicates Dems Could Take Georgia’s Special Election


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Phillip Stucky Political Reporter
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Democrats hoping to show a strong opposition to President Donald Trump sent a stunning amount of cash to party hopeful Jon Ossoff for Georgia’s upcoming special election, according to a Thursday report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ossoff raised more than $8.3 million over the first quarter in 2017 — a stunning figure for a House race in Georgia. Rep. Tom Price only spent an average of $2.3 million to get elected in the same district over a period of more than 10 years from 2004 through the 2016 election.

Ossoff’s haul is sizable even for a U.S. Senate race in Georgia. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson raised just over $11 million for his re-election bid in 2016, and he won by 13.8 percent of the vote.

Ossoff’s Republican counterparts so far are nowhere near him when it comes to fundraising results. Current Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel only raised $463,000 in that same time frame, and former state Sen. Judson Hill raised $473,000.

Ossoff benefited from a national fundraising campaign powered by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Sen. Cory Booker, so it’s likely a lot of that cash is from out of state. That likelihood is sure to be a central point of rebuttal to his fundraising numbers from the right.

Ossoff’s chances of winning the previously “safe Republican” seat lie solely in winning the election outright on April 18. The new Democrat currently polls well above all the Republicans in the race-wide poll at 40 percent, but ties or trails other Republicans in a theoretical head to head poll.

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