The Georgia Special Election was an incredibly insane loss for the Democrats on the whole. His opponent, Karen Handel, won by 4%. While it may not seem like much on first glance, it’s quite staggering. It’s especially eye opening when you look at the amounts raised by both sides of the isle.
Jon Ossoff, some sort of filmmaker, and his campaign raised $29,959,740 for his bid, with $6.4m being raised in the final three weeks of the campaign. The Georgia Special Election no doubt brought several records in regards to spending and it was all for not.
Handel, former Georgia secretary of state, won by almost 4 points, beating Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer — 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Ossoff, however, has went on the record stating that he’s “not done fighting” so when the next election comes up we’ll be very interested in seeing what happens.
As reported by AJC.com:
Democrat Jon Ossoff wound up raising nearly $30 million for his unsuccessful campaign to represent Georgia’s 6th District – by far the most ever raised in a U.S. House contest – and spent almost every last dime of it.
Campaign filing reports released this week show Ossoff raised about $6.3 million in the final three weeks of the vote and pumped in another $300,000 of his own money – $50,000 from a contribution and $250,000 in loans – in the last stretch. All told, he raised $29,959,740 and had about $13,000 left.
Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, earlier filed paperwork showing she raised $6.3 million throughout the campaign and has $430,000 left for what could be another grueling election bid to represent the suburban Atlanta district.
The June 20 runoff drew about 260,000 voters – eye-popping turnout for this type of special election in Georgia that helped power Handel to a 4-point victory. Ossoff, 30, has not yet announced whether he’ll challenge Handel next year but said that he’s “not done fighting.”