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Republicans hold $28 million ad advantage In Georgia Senate runoff races

November 18, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue hold an early advantage over the airways in their two runoff races in Georgia that will determine the control of the Senate next year.

Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue hold an early advantage over the airways in their two runoff races in Georgia that will determine the control of the Senate next year.

The campaigns wasted little time to influence the two crucial contests after Perdue and Loeffler failed to hit the 50% threshold on Election Day, setting up elections against Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock on January 5.

Loeffler leads the pack, spending or reserving nearly $42 million in ads for her runoff race, compared to $24. 4 million from Warnock.

And Perdue has set aside $19. 3 million, while Ossoff has marked $13. 7 million for ads.

"We need every single dollar, every single supporter, every single Republican vote because Chuck Schumer, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are stopping at nothing to radically transform our country into a socialist state. "

Loeffler, the co-owner of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream who is married to New York Stock Exchange chairman Jeffrey Sprecher, also spent $23 million of her own money in the general election, but she does not plan on spending any more in the runoff race, according to Lawson.

One Perdue ad begins with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer promising, "Now we take Georgia, then we change America!" Perdue then says he'd stop polices like defunding the police that both Democrats say they oppose.

One questions whether "this" America -- showing a classroom of young students saying the pledge of allegiance -- will still be America "if the radical left controls the Senate. " The ad then shows images of mobs, flashes signs saying "defund the police" and plasters a quote from a 2015 sermon Warnock gave after a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, killed Michael Brown, in which he said some officers have a "gangster and thug mentality. "

Another Loeffler campaign ad attacks Warnock for honoring pastor Jeremiah Wright in 2008, even though five years earlier Wright gave a now infamous sermon defined by three words -- "God damn America. "

Warnock preemptively defended himself from Loeffler's attacks, airing an ad joking that his opponents would say he ate pizza with a fork, hated puppies and stepped on a crack in the sidewalk.

But Warnock has also sharply criticized Loeffler, charging that she profited from the pandemic, pointing to multi-million dollar stock transactions that she and her husband made after attending a senators-only briefing in January.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Senate Majority PAC, a Super PAC aligned with Schumer, are set to spend millions.

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