Perdue, Ossoff gear up for highly-competitive U.S. Senate race in Georgia
There are intense political battles brewing in Georgia, as both U.S. Senate seats will be on the ballot come November, in addition to the Presidential race. Washington Correspondent Alana Austin sets the stage for the race between incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff.
“Only in America could a kid who grew up working in a watermelon patch end up in the United States Senate," said Perdue.
From humble beginnings, to Fortune 500 CEO, Perdue portrays himself as a political outsider. The freshman Senator says he came to Washington to cut regulations, lift up small businesses, and undo Obama-era policies he says weakened the economy and national security.
Now Perdue is in a highly competitive re-election battle against Democrat Jon Ossoff.
“I’d love to contrast how he’s going to defend what the liberal socialist left is trying to perpetrate on America right now," said Perdue.
Georgia has not elected a Democratic senator in 20 years. But experts say this long-time red state is changing and it is in play for the Democrats.
“We’re in the midst of a public health and an economic crisis, and President Trump and Senator Perdue have demonstrated that they’re not up to this moment," said Ossoff.
Ossoff – an investigative journalist and media executive – rose to national political prominence when he led a close political race in a district that was once a GOP stronghold. He lost to Republican Karen Handel in a close special election.
Now Ossoff, the newly-selected Democratic nominee in the Senate race this year, says Georgians deserve more health care access, a new civil rights act, and greater economic equality.
“We need investment in small businesses and families first rather than just Wall Street investment banks and major corporations with a lot of political power," said Ossoff.
Some experts say Perdue is favored to keep his seat come November, but that his political future is tied to President Trump’s popularity in the Peach State.
Election Day is November 3rd. Libertarian candidate Shane Hazel and Independent Clifton Kilby are also in the running.
Recently-appointed Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler is also on the ballot in the fall. She is fighting off challenges from both the right and the left. If no candidate wins a majority in that race in November, the election could go to a January runoff.