Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive democrat from New York, collected more than $280,000 in the runoff election in Georgia for grassroots organizations working to elect democratic senators.
Georgia, which has been supported by Republican presidential candidates in every election since 1996, seems to have turned blue for President-elect Joe Biden. Although the Southern state will conduct a recount, Biden leads President Donald Trump there with just over 14,000 votes. Analysts expect the result to hold, as recounts rarely change more than a few hundred votes at most.
The two senatorial elections in Georgia will also go to the run-off vote, as none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the total votes. Although a new poll released on Wednesday shows that Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are slightly favored to keep their seats, Democrats are hopeful they can color them blue.
“Georgia is not a red state. It is a state oppressed by the voters. Last night, #TeamAOC mobilized to raise $100,000 *directly* for grassroots organizations @Fairfightaction, @NewGAProject,& more,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday night. “It’s time to rush forward and support the people who are at the top,” Ocasio-Cortez twittered. Let’s get going.” The Congresswoman added an Act Blue link that supporters could contribute to.
Update: Holy cow – we went up to $280,000 for the GA base last night!
That’s something #EmbraceTheBase ENERGY right there. Keep going! â¬ï¸ https://t.co/CZV8uDPZRV
– Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 12, 2020
Early Thursday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez gave an update and said that donors had already donated well over a quarter of a million dollars.
“Update: Holy cow – we climbed to 280,000 dollars for the base of the GA last night! That’s quite something #EmbraceTheBase ENERGY right there. Keep up the good work,” the New York representative tweeted.
Washington Newsday asked the Ocasio-Cortez press representatives for further comments, but they didn’t respond immediately.
Loeffler will meet the Demcorate candidate Raphael Warnock, while Perdue will meet the Democrat Jon Ossoff in the January 5th runoff. A poll by the conservative Remington Research Group shows that Loeffler has the 48 percent support of Warnock with 49 percent, while Perdue faces the Democrat Jon Ossoff. The survey showed that Perdue had the support of 50 percent of Georgians, while 46 percent were in favor of Ossoff.
Stacey Abrams, a democratic organizer and politician from Georgia, who is widely known for helping to paint her state blue for Biden, said she was confident that her party could win both seats in the Senate. She told CNN this week that she has “no doubt” that the Democrats can win, describing Warnock and Ossoff as “the two men who will ensure that Joe Biden has the leadership, support and congressional mandate he needs to move this country forward.
By Sunday, Abrams had already raised about $3.6 million to support the Democratic Senate candidates in the runoff elections in Georgia. Other senior Democrats, including former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, have stated that they are also planning an election campaign in the state.
“Do you want to help win Georgia? We have vetted 16 community organizers who can activate voters where they matter most over the next 8 weeks! Give today and let us win the Senate and demote Mitch and Co. to a minority! There is a LOT at stake – let’s win!” Yang twittered on Wednesday.
Martin Luther King III, the son of legendary civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that he would organize with Yang.
“I am proud to work with @AndrewYang and a group of incredible organizers in Georgia to mobilize voters for the runoff elections in the Senate on January 5. We need to vote @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock to get @JoeBiden the Senate majority so that real change can take place,” King…. wrote