That Ossoff kind of looked like this guy did not help matters.
It was a stunning setback for Democrats nationally, who had poured more than $30 million into the Ossoff candidacy, either through direct funding of his campaign, party expenditures, or independent organization expenditures.
The race to replace Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), now Secretary of Health and Human Services, had originally been considered a “bellwether” test of President Trump’s policies. Instead it quickly became the most expensive Congressional election in American history, a “one-of-a-kind” event, the outcome of which gives the victorious party temporary bragging rights, but perhaps little more.
More than $50 million was spent on the race, with Ossoff enjoying a decided financial advantage over Handel.
The Ossoff campaign raised $23 million as of May 31, according to Federal Election Commission records. The Handel campaign, in contrast, raised only $4.5 million over the same period time.
The vast majority of Ossoff’s contributions came from out-of-state, primarily liberal strongholds in California, New York, and Massachusetts.