“All of the big-ticket items, and even some of the smaller items that I ran on in my race, are largely dependent upon having leadership of the Senate that shares my values,” said Rep.-elect Mondaire Jones (D-N.Y.), an incoming House progressive. “And that requires electing Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) team said she has raised more than $600,000 for outside groups working to elect the Georgians. The Working Families Party, a national left-wing organization, is planning to spend upwards of $1 million on the campaign. Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), members of the so-called Squad, are working to turn out Muslim voters in the state, including by recording a robocall.
Even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has long had an icy relationship with Ossoff, is lending a hand. When Ossoff ran unsuccessfully for the House in a 2017 special election, Sanders said that he didn’t know if he was progressive. This year, Sanders faced pressure for initially not endorsing Ossoff, though he had previously come out in support of Warnock.
But in recent weeks, Sanders has officially gotten behind Ossoff and raised money for both candidates with his massive email list. According to an aide, he has brought in a total of $400,000 for them.