Democrat Candidates Break Fundraising Records Ahead of Georgia Runoff
With the Georgia Senate runoff elections looming, Democrats are putting up record numbers in fundraising. The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock and Jon Ossoff, Democratic Senate hopefuls, have each raised over $100 million since October, The New York Times reports.
The runoff contests have received support from outside of Georgia as the January 5 date quickly approaches. The donations come from smaller offerings across from across the country with numerous givings totaling less than $200.
For comparison, incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue raised $68 million between Oct. 15 and Dec. 16 and Senator Kelly Loeffler raised $64 million during the same time period.
Both Warnock and Ossoff’s totals have surpassed the previous record of $57 million that was raised by Jaime Harrison as he battled Republican senator Lindsey Graham, which resulted in a loss for him.
The 2020 presidential election has caused an aim for optimism for Georgia after a traditional Republican-leaning state turned blue in support of President-elect Joe Biden. He was the first presidential candidate to win in Georgia since 1992.