Georgia Senate: Ossoff nets another $1M, ends quarter with $1.8M on hand

Democrats did better than in recent years in fielding a large number of candidates for this year’s elections at the federal and state levels. Jon Ossoff, pictured, Stacy Riggs Amico and Teresa Tomlinson are all running against U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Bob Andres / robert.andres@ajc.com
Democrats did better than in recent years in fielding a large number of candidates for this year’s elections at the federal and state levels. Jon Ossoff, pictured, Stacy Riggs Amico and Teresa Tomlinson are all running against U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Bob Andres / robert.andres@ajc.com

Democrat Jon Ossoff raised about $1 million during the first three months of the year and will report more than $1.8 million in his campaign account for his bid to oust U.S. Sen. David Perdue.

Ossoff, an investigative journalist, is one of three top Democrats vying to compete against the first-term Republican, who has amassed a $9 million war chest.

He led business executive Sarah Riggs Amico and former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson in a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.

With Democrats largely abstaining from openly pummeling one another, Ossoff has emerged as the front-runner to challenge Perdue, thanks partly to his high name recognition in metro Atlanta.

His campaign shattered fundraising records during a 2017 U.S. House special election that he narrowly lost to Republican Karen Handel. Ossoff’s campaign said it received more than 25,000 donations this quarter, nearly all under $200.

The financial reports for federal candidates due Wednesday span a three-month period between Jan. 1 and the end of March, a stretch that coincided with a worsening coronavirus pandemic that drained bank accounts and sapped interest in political contests.

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