ATLANTA – Rev. Raphael G. Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challengers in the Senate drains in Georgia, have each raised more than $ 100 million since October – enormous sums that far exceeded their Republican opponents and underscored the Democrats’ confidence afterwards The party’s recent achievements in the state and its hopes of winning the Senate.
The competitions have drawn a lot of attention and investment from outside Georgia given the stakes, and the campaigns only intensified in the final weeks leading up to the runoff, scheduled for January 5th.
Senator David Perdue, a reigning Republican, raised $ 68 million between October 15 and December 16. This emerges from reports that the Bundestag Election Commission published on Thursday. Senator Kelly Loeffler, the other Republican, raised nearly $ 64 million during that time.
Mr Ossoff, who runs against Mr Perdue, has become the best-funded Senate candidate in history after raising $ 106.7 million, and Mr Warnock, who challenges Ms. Loeffler, has raised $ 103.3 million.
The Democrats’ transportation was largely powered by a spate of smaller donations from across the country, records show, with nearly half of the funds coming from people donating less than $ 200.
For Mr. Perdue and Mrs. Loeffler, the smaller donations made up less than 30 percent of their donations.
Mr. Ossoff, who runs a media production company, spent $ 93.5 million and had $ 17.4 million in cash during that period, and Mr. Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, gave 86.1 Million dollars and had $ 22.7 million in cash. Mr. Perdue spent $ 57.8 million and had $ 16 million in cash, and Ms. Loeffler spent $ 48.6 million and had $ 21.2 million in cash.
Ms. Loeffler, one of the richest members of the Senate, was the only candidate to donate $ 333,200 to her own campaign – far less than the $ 23 million she spent on the general election.
The numbers in the filing only confirm a level of investment that has been evident to Georgia voters for months. Campaign ads fill virtually every commercial break on television and radio. Spending has even crossed state lines as candidates and outside groups bought time in markets like Jacksonville, Florida and Chattanooga, Tennessee to reach out to nearby Georgia voters.
The amounts brought in by both Democrats exceeded $ 57 million Jaime Harrison raised in his campaign in South Carolina against Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. This was the highest quarterly total donation of any Senate candidate in US history. However, the race ended in disappointment for the Democrats, showing that record moves do not necessarily lead to electoral success.
But in Georgia, Democrats have recently achieved a number of successes in a state that until recently had been reliably Republican. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was the first Democratic presidential candidate to win in Georgia since 1992.
Mr Biden and President Trump have come to promote their party’s candidates. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, both made campaign stops in Georgia last week.
The Democrats have focused on the stock trades their opponents made while serving in the Senate and on helping Mr Trump in his efforts to overcome his loss in Georgia.
Republicans have dealt largely with Mr Warnock, and Mrs Loeffler referred to him as a “radical liberal” more than a dozen times in a recent televised debate. Her campaign has also disseminated select quotations from his preaching for more than two decades, including a case in which he said, “No one can serve God and the military,” a subject that has its roots in scriptures.
A coalition of African American pastors issued an open letter to Ms. Loeffler last week condemning her campaign to attack the Black Church. Political observers in Georgia have also argued that it did damaged the relationship the Republicans had cultivated with Ebenezer, the community that was once founded by Pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
But in Christmas messages, a day that was largely free of campaigns, Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Warnock sounded similar, described the turbulence of the past year and imagined a change for the better.
“With Christmas comes new light and new hope,” said Ms. Loeffler in a video that she posted on social media.
“I know too many are heartbroken tonight,” Warnock said in his own post on Twitter, “and the holidays don’t seem to be getting any better.” It was night for a long time and it might feel like Christmas is never coming. But no fear. The dawn is coming. Good news and hope are looming. “