Ex-congressional aide Democrat Jon Ossoff has reported another record fundraising haul of an additional $15.3 million over the last two months in the runoff phase of Georgia’s 6th Congressional District special election to succeed now-HHS Secretary Tom Price.
Ossoff has now raised a total of $23 million. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it was not clear how much of the donations came from out-of-state, but Ossoff’s last report showed only about 1 in 20 contributions were from Georgia residents.
The runoff between Ossoff and former Georgia Secretary of State Republican Karen Handel is by far the most expensive U.S. House election ever, costing more than $40 million so far. Democrats have outspent Republicans by nearly $2 million in the runoff phase.
Georgia’s 6th District, has also long been a GOP stronghold. But Trump won the district by less than two points, and Democrats, desperate to score a win, are pulling out all the stops to elect a Democrat who doesn’t even live in the district he is running in.
The latest polling shows the race too close to call with Ossoff slightly ahead of Handel – 49.1 percent to 47.6 percent, well within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error. Yes it’s a garbage poll.
Early voting began last week and continues through June 16. Almost 70,000 people have already voted and the number could top 100,000 before it ends next week — nearly double the 55,000 early ballots cast in the original April 18 special election,
Early voting for the runoff began last week and runs through June 16. Select polling locations will additionally be open Saturday in all three counties with areas in the 6th District, including Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton.
The totals in the runoff have already surpassed the early voting numbers ahead of the original April 18 special election, when about 55,000 people cast early ballots.