Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Raises $280,000 Overnight for Georgia Senate Runoffs Grassroots Organizing

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive Democrat from New York, has raised more than $280,000 for grassroots organizations working to elect Democratic senators in the Georgia runoff.

Georgia, which had been carried by Republican presidential candidates in every election going back to 1996, appears to have gone blue for President-elect Joe Biden. Although the southern state will carry out a recount, Biden leads President Donald Trump there by just over 14,000 votes. Analysts expect the result to hold, as recounts rarely change more than a few hundred votes at most.

Both of Georgia's Senate races are also going to runoffs, as none of the candidates secured more than 50 percent of the overall vote. Although a new poll released on Wednesday shows both Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler as slightly favored to hold their seats, Democrats are hopeful they can flip them blue.

"Georgia isn't a red state. It's a voter-suppressed state. Last night #TeamAOC mobilized to raise $100k *directly* to grassroots orgs @fairfightaction, @NewGAProject,& more," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Wednesday evening. "Time to charge forward & support the folks leading the way. Let's kick it up." The congresswoman included an Act Blue link where supporters could contribute.

Early Thursday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez gave an update, saying that contributors had already donated well-over a quarter-million dollars.

"Update: Holy cow - we surged to $280k for the GA grassroots last night! That's some #EmbraceTheBase ENERGY right there. Keep going!" the New York representative tweeted.

Later on Thursday, a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez told Newsweek that the campaign had now garnered $371,000 in contributions.

Loeffler faces Demcoratic candidate Raphael Warnock, while Perdue faces Democrat Jon Ossoff in the January 5 runoffs. A poll by conservative-leaning Remington Research Group shows Loeffler with 49 percent to Warnock's 48 percent support. The survey showed Perdue with the backing of 50 percent of Georgians while 46 percent supported Ossoff.

Stacey Abrams, a Democratic organizer and politician from Georgia who has been widely credited for helping to flip her state blue for Biden, has expressed confidence that her party can win both Senate seats. She told CNN this week that she has "no doubt" Democrats can win, describing Warnock and Ossoff as "the two men who are going to make certain that Joe Biden has the leadership, the support, and the congressional mandate he needs to move this country forward."

As of Sunday, Abrams had already helped raise about $3.6 million to support the Democratic Senate contenders in the Georgia runoffs. Other high-profile Democrats have said they plan to campaign in the state as well, including former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) is seen during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on slowdowns at the Postal Service ahead of election on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on August 24 TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP/Getty

"Want to help win Georgia? We have vetted 16 community organizers who can activate voters where they matter most over the next 8 weeks! Give today and let's win the Senate and demote Mitch and co to the minority! There's a LOT on the line - let's win!!" Yang tweeted on Wednesday.

Martin Luther King III, the son of the legendary civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted that he'd be organizing with Yang.

"I'm proud to work with @AndrewYang and a group of incredible organizers in Georgia to mobilize voters for the Jan 5th Senate run-offs. We need to elect @ossoff and @ReverendWarnock to deliver @JoeBiden the senate majority for real change to happen," King wrote.

Update (11/12/2020, 7:30 p.m.): This article has been updated with additional comment from a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez.