The 30-year-old Democrat raised a huge haul, but where did it come from?
Democrat Jon Ossoff, the 30-year-old former congressional staffer running in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, raised a massive $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2017.
But a closer inspection of Ossoff’s haul reveals the vast majority of his support is coming from out of state:
His campaign said 95 percent of the donors came from outside of Georgia, which means only a sliver of his contributors live in the district. A crush of them came from voters in Massachusetts, California and other blue states.
That fact likely won’t sit well with Georgia voters, who may be concerned about coastal elites swooping in and trying to buy the seat once held by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
An analysis of recent polling found that Ossoff is currently leading the primary field with 40 percent of the vote, but that number may not grow significantly beyond that mark. Only 1 percent of voters said Ossoff was their “second choice” candidate, meaning that when the primary, scheduled for April 18, leads to a one-on-one runoff, Ossoff might find he has a ceiling somewhere in the mid-40s.
With about a dozen Republicans running for Price’s old seat, it’s entirely possible support will consolidate for the Republican alternative to Ossoff in the runoff, scheduled for June 20.
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