$40+ Million Has Been Spent In Georgia's Record-Breaking Special Election

Democrat Ossoff spending 7.5 times more than Republican Handel

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June 16, 2017

More than $40 million in total campaign and independent expenditures has been spent in the record-breaking special election in Georgia, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Tom Price, who left his seat in Georgia's 6th congressional district after being tapped by President Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, left Democrats scrambling in an attempt to take over a seat that has been in solid Republican control for decades.

Democrats' desire to flip the seat and capitalize on the resultant messaging boost that they would gain leading into the 2018 mid-term elections has led to the most expensive U.S. House race in history.

Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate, has hauled in more than $23 million in total contributions. Nearly 97 percent of Ossoff's contributions throughout the campaign have come from individuals who live outside of the state of Georgia.

Ossoff has spent $22.5 million and has slightly over $1 million cash on hand.

Karen Handel, the Republican candidate and Georgia's former secretary of state, has pulled in $4.5 million in campaign contributions to date, five times less than Ossoff.

Handel, by comparison, shows campaign disbursements of $3.2 million—seven-and-a-half times less than the amount Ossoff has spent.

Outside independent expenditures have propelled the total amount spent in Georgia's 6th congressional district above $40 million.

The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super PAC, has spent $7.5 million to oppose Ossoff. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has put more than $6 million into the special election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) committee has poured $5.4 million into the race to back Ossoff.

The race between Ossoff and Handel has smashed spending records.

Prior to Georgia's special election this year, the 2012 election in Florida's 18th congressional district between Republican Allen West and Democrat Erin Patrick Murphy, which had total spending of $29.5 million, was the most expensive in history, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

The special election will take place on June 20.