LYTHONIA, GA – Eight days after Election Day in Georgia’s Senate run-off races, Democratic candidates John Usoff and Raphael Warnock sounded the alarm about their ability to keep up with Republican spending, calling for a “substantial increase” in grassroots donations to prevent money from running out.
“To win these elections within 8 days, we need to continue our historic efforts to get every voter out – but we will not be able to do so if fundraising revenues continue to decline,” said Warnock campaign manager, Jared Kurtz and Ossev, director Ellen Foster in a memo obtained. NBC News.
According to financial disclosure models, Warnock and Ossoff each raised more than $ 100 million in the past two months, angering their Republican opponents, Senators David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler, by a large margin. But the Republican Party’s foreign groups spend more than the Democratic groups.
Foreign Democratic groups and high-dollar donors spent huge sums trying to help Democrats regain control of the Senate in the last election – pumping hundreds of millions of dollars in the weeks leading up to November 3. Now that the party has performed poorly in the polls, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, DNY, is no longer meeting with donors, a source familiar with the matter told NBC News.
The source adds that Schumer is “pessimistic” about Warnock and Osov’s chances in Georgia next week and does not want to spoil donor relations.
Which leaves Warnock and Osoff relying mainly on small grassroots donations of dollars to fund their campaigns, while Republican groups spend large sums on the airwaves on behalf of their candidates.
The memo states, “Our Republican counterparts do not have to spend much of their precious resources on television and can invest in the most important area at this point: direct contact with voters.”
In an election likely to hinge on the number of voters each side can vote for, Democrats warn that they may soon have to choose between spending on TV ads and shoes on the ground. Democracy campaign managers wrote, “Our campaigns have had to make difficult decisions, and at the moment we cannot afford to cut resources from our field program.”
More than two million Georgians voted early in the runoff, according to the Office of Georgia’s Foreign Minister. Election day is next Tuesday January 5th.