The Democratic Senate candidates in Georgia have been raking in millions in donations, but a new report indicates that the two Democratic campaigns are still worried about being outspent by Republicans.
According to a report from NBC News, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is “pessimistic” about the odds of Democratic victories and has quit meeting with donors to raise more funds.
Democratic memo sounds the alarm
NBC News reported that it had recently obtained a joint memo from the campaign managers of Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock that was “sounding the alarm” to donors about the difficulty of keeping up with Republican spending on behalf of incumbent Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, in effect asking for a “significant increase” in funding from donors both large and small alike.
“To win this election in 8 days, we need to continue our historic efforts to turn out every single voter — but we won’t be able to do that if our fundraising revenue continues to fall,” Ossoff manager Ellen Foster and Warnock manager Jerid Kurtz warned in the memo.
“Our Republican counterparts don’t have to spend as much of their precious resources on TV and can invest in the area that is most important at this stage: direct voter contact,” the managers added, and cautioned, “Our campaigns have had to make hard decisions, and right now we cannot afford to cut resources from our field program.”
Schumer said to be “pessimistic” about chances
Citing a source “familiar with the matter,” NBC also reported that Schumer was no longer meeting with donors in regard to the Georgia races.
The unnamed source reportedly went on to say that Schumer has grown “pessimistic” about the chances of victory for both Ossoff and Warnock and “doesn’t want to ruin donor relationships,” particularly in light of the disappointment many of those donors must have felt about the lackluster performance of Democrats nationwide in the down-ballot races for Congress and Senate.
Schumer’s office denies report
However, Schumer spokesperson Justin Goodman countered those claims in a statement to NBC. “This is absolutely not true and this anonymous ‘source’ has no idea what they’re talking about, and it’s really sad NBC published it. Schumer has diligently made calls and fundraised for both Georgia candidates and is optimistic about their chances in January,” Goodman said.
The news of Schumer’s purported pessimism regarding Georgia comes amid reports that the Democratic candidates have both raised more than $100 million each in the nearly two months since the Nov. 3 elections sent both races into a Jan. 5 runoff contest, according to the Georgia Recorder.
Based on federal election records, Ossoff raised more than $106.7 million between Oct. 15-Dec. 16, while Warnock raised $103.3 million over the same period. In comparison, the Republican senators raised about two-thirds as much over that span, but have been bolstered by a couple hundred million in spending on their behalf by outside Republican groups and political action committees.
All told, roughly half a billion has already been spent altogether on the two Senate races, with Republican spending accounting for well more than half, which may give an indication of why, if true, Schumer has grown “pessimistic” about what may well be a lost cause.
Regardless, Republicans should not let down their guard. President Donald Trump is set to appear at a rally in Dalton, Georgia, on January 4 to encourage Republican voters to turn out for Perdue and Loeffler. “So important for our Country that they win!” Trump tweeted.