In Congress, Perdue serves on the Committees on Armed Services, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Budget, and Foreign Relations. He is facing off against Senator David Perdue in one of two competitive Senate races in Georgia. MACON, Ga. — Friday morning, U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff stopped in Macon to meet with Central Georgians on the last day of early voting. Ossoff led with about 48.1% of the vote, Republican candidate Karen Handel received 19.8%, while the remainder of votes were scattered for 16 other candidates. Senator David Perdue of Georgia withdrew on Thursday from the final debate in his tight re-election race, a day after his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, called him a “crook” and accused the vulnerable Republican of trying to profit from the coronavirus pandemic. By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Business Insider Another survey conducted by SurveyUSA October 8-12 found Perdue leading Ossoff by three points, 46% to 43%, among likely voters, and a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found Ossoff ahead of Perdue by six points, 51% 5o 45%, among likely voters. Before running for US Senate, he was the 2017 Democratic nominee for the high-profile special election in Georgia's 6th District, which he ultimately lost. “This stock trade nonsense; he keeps hammering that even though he knows — it’s in the public record — that that’s been totally refuted,” Perdue said. According to FiveThirtyEight, Perdue has a 72% chance of defeating Ossoff in the November election and is expected to receive 51% of the popular vote. in what was once a safely Republican state, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, Mr. Ossoff said, turning to face his socially-distanced opponent. Within hours of her death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky pledged that Trump's nominee for the high court would receive a vote on the floor of the Senate, and Trump said the day after that he would name a replacement "without delay.". Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., meets with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trumps nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, not pictured, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Senate Republicans held the seat open long enough for Trump to appoint his choice, Justice Neil Gorsuch, to the seat. Democrat Jon Ossoff will face Republican Sen. David Perdue for the US Senate election in Georgia this November. Perdue repeatedly accused Ossoff of backing radical socialist policies, while Ossoff slammed Perdue’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and Republican efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Sign up for Insider Select. The rivals had been scheduled to face off on Sunday on the Atlanta television station WSB, the third debate in one of two pivotal Senate races in Georgia that could determine which party controls the chamber. The most recent polls show a tight race between Perdue and Ossoff with many results within the margin of error. Importantly, Georgia is a runoff state, meaning that if no candidate earns over 50% of the vote in either US Senate race, the top two vote-getters will go to a special runoff election to be held on January 5, 2021. A new poll released Tuesday has former Vice President Joe Biden and Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff marginally ahead in Georgia, a departure … Account active Both the Biden and Trump campaigns are also investing big in Georgia, another indication of how the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the electoral college map towards Democrats. Perdue’s communications director John Burke said in a statement shared on Twitter that Perdue would instead join Trump at an expected rally. All the while you were looking after your own assets and your own portfolio.”. “Shame on you, Senator.”. since. Mr. Ossoff — echoing a national Democratic strategy of focusing on health care — went on to criticize Mr. Perdue for voting repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act and attempting to gut Obama-era safeguards for patients with pre-existing conditions. Top Democrats in Georgia's Senate primary include Ossoff; former Columbus Mayor … If neither candidate hits 50 percent of the vote, they will compete in a runoff election in January. Ossoff also reported raising $1 million in the 24-hour period after Perdue, while introducing Trump at a rally, appeared to mock the pronunciation of vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris' name. In addition to the Ossoff-Purdue race, Sen. Kelly Loeffler is running for a full term in a jungle special election where candidates from both parties compete on the same ballot and the top two advance to a runoff. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Trump Tires of Economic Message and Returns to Attacks Amid Florida Duel With Biden. Perdue leads Ossoff by just 1.3 percentage points on average in RealClearPolitics' polling averages. Ginsburg's death threw a stick of dynamite into an already supercharged election shaped by a deadly pandemic that has so far claimed over 200,000 American lives, and a national reckoning around race after several high-profile deaths of Black Americans in encounters with police. He is facing off against Senator David Perdue in one of two competitive Senate races in Georgia. Jon Ossoff campaigned in Athens, Ga., this week. Ossoff has proven himself to be a talented fundraiser in this election and in his 2017 race. In 2020's third fundraising quarter, Ossoff brought in an impressive haul of $21.3 million, a haul that came out to three times more than the $7 million Perdue's campaign raised in the same timeframe. “It’s not just that you’re a crook, senator, it’s that you’re attacking the health of the people you represent.”. Polls show a tight race between the two candidates heading into the final days of the campaign. Mr. Perdue pointed to legislation he co-sponsored that he claimed offered “protection for pre-existing conditions.”, The senator’s bill, which went nowhere, does say that insurance companies can’t deny coverage based on “any pre-existing condition,” but it contains a major loophole, giving insurers the option of rejecting a patient if a provider does “not have the capacity to deliver services adequately.”. Mr. Perdue, 70, said he had done nothing wrong, and accused Mr. Ossoff, 33, of pursuing a “radical socialist agenda” that would result in higher taxes. The counties surrounding Atlanta, including Cobb and Gwinnett counties, have been rapidly gaining population and trending towards Democrats in recent election cycles. “As lovely as another debate listening to Jon Ossoff lie to the people of Georgia sounds, Senator Perdue will not be participating in the WSB-TV debate but will instead join the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, for a huge get-out-the-vote rally in Northwest Georgia,” the spokesman, John Burke, said. FILE- In this June 20, 2017, file photo, Jon Ossoff speaks in Atlanta. “At last night’s debate, millions saw that Perdue had no answers when I called him out on his record of blatant corruption, widespread disease, and economic devastation,” Mr. Ossoff wrote. Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian heritage, is the first Black and the first Asian-American vice-presidential nominee on a major party ticket in US history. A spokesman for Mr. Perdue confirmed that he would not be at the debate and said in a statement that the senator had better uses of his time. Ossoff launched his US Senate campaign in September 2019, and cleared the competitive primary field to avoid a runoff for the nomination on June 9. The candidates. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool), Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. You did say there would be no significant uptick in cases. Incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue and his Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff are neck-and-neck as they vie for one of Georgia’s Senate seats, according to recent state and national polls. “Well, perhaps Senator Perdue would have been able to respond properly to the COVID-19 pandemic if you hadn’t been fending off multiple federal investigations for insider trading,” Ossoff said in a clip from the debate that has since been widely shared on social media. according to FiveThirtyEight's polling averages. Trump and McConnell's posturing on the issue has excited conservatives enthusiastic about the possibility of Trump getting to appoint a third justice in his first term, but infuriated liberals who accused McConnell of blatant hypocrisy after he refused to hold confirmation proceedings for Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016, citing the upcoming presidential election. You did say Covid-19 was no deadlier than the flu. Another debate scheduled for Sunday — in Georgia’s other Senate race between Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, GOP Rep. Doug Collins and Democrat Raphael Warnock — was also canceled after Loeffler and Warnock declined to participate.