Atlanta-Since October, Democratic challengers in the Georgia Senate runoff, Repha. Raphael G. Warnock and Jon Ossoff, have each raised more than $100 million. The huge sum of money, which greatly exceeds the Republican opponents, highlights the confidence of the Democrats of the party’s recent achievements in the state and their hope to seize the Senate.
Considering that the stakes are high and the game attracted attention and investment from outside Georgia, the campaign only intensified in the final weeks before the finals scheduled for January 5.
According to a report released to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, Senator David Perdue, one of the current Republicans, raised $68 million between October 1
The filing documents show that Mr. Osoff, who competed with Mr. Perdue, became the most funded Senate candidate in history after raising US$106.7 million. Mr. Warnock, who challenged Ms. Loeffler, raised US$103.3 million.
The filing documents show that the Democratic Party’s actions largely benefited from a small amount of small donations collected from all over the country. Nearly half of the funds came from people who donated less than $200.
For Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler, smaller donations accounted for less than 30% of their fundraising.
Mr. Osoff, who runs a media production company, spent US$93.5 million during this period and had US$17.4 million in cash; Mr. Warnock, the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, spent US$86.1 million and There are 22.7 million US dollars in cash. hand. Mr. Perdue spent US$57.8 million and had US$16 million in cash. Ms. Loeffler spent US$48.6 million and had US$21.2 million in cash.
Ms. Loeffler is one of the wealthiest members of the Senate and the only candidate to run for her own election. She donated $333,200, far less than the $23 million she spent on the election.
The figures in the filing documents only confirm the level of investment that has been apparent to voters in Georgia for months. Advertising campaign ads almost fill every commercial advertisement on TV and radio. Spending even flows to state boundaries, because candidates and outside groups have taken time in markets such as Jacksonville, Florida, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, to reach voters in Georgia who live nearby.
Both Democrats brought more than the $57 million raised by Jaime Harrison in South Carolina’s campaign against Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, which is The highest quarterly total fundraising among Senate candidates in US history. However, the race ended in disappointment with the Democrats, which showed that record-breaking delays do not necessarily mean election success.
But in Georgia, Democrats have been inspired by a series of recent successes in the state, which until recently has been a reliable Republican. President-elect Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in Georgia since 1992.
Mr. Biden and President Trump have gone to run for the party’s candidates. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, both made a campaign stop in Georgia last week.
The Democrats focused on the stock trades of their opponents while serving in the Senate and Trump’s efforts to overturn his losses in Georgia.
In recent television debates, Republicans have lived with Warnock most of the time, and Ms. Loeffler called him a “radical liberal” more than a dozen times. Her campaign also circulated selected quotations from his more than two decades of sermons, including examples of him saying that “no one can serve God and the army”. This theme is derived from a biblical passage.
Last week, a coalition of African-American pastors issued an open letter to Ms. Lovell, condemning her campaign because they believed it was an attack on a black church. Political observers in Georgia also argued that she undermined the relationship between the Republican Party and Ebenezer, who was once led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
However, in the message on Christmas (a day with almost no campaign activities), Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Warnock uttered similar tones, describing the turmoil of the past year and foreseeing the situation will improve.
Ms. Loeffler said in a video posted on social media: “Christmas brings new brilliance and new hope.”
Mr. Warnock said in his own post on Twitter: “I know too many people are sad tonight. The holidays don’t seem to make it better. It’s been a long time at night, and it seems that Christmas may never be. It will come. But don’t worry. Dawn is here. Good news and hope are right here.”