The Runoff Report: New GA runoff ads focus on Spanish-speaking voters, COVID relief

Republicans have secured 50 seats in the next U.S. Senate compared to Democrats’ 48 (including two independents who caucus with them). Control of the next Senate comes down to Georgia’s runoff elections. In The Runoff Report, we provide the latest on each race and the fight for Senate control.

Regular election updates

David Perdue talked with Newsmax‘s Sean Spicer about his decision not to attend the Dec. 6 debate. Perdue said, “We’ve already debated the issues. We did that during the general election. In the runoff, it’s all about turnout.” Perdue also released an ad criticizing Ossoff for saying “I think we shouldn’t get bogged down in the details” in response to a question about stimulus check payments at the event. 

Jon Ossoff held a drive-thru yard sign giveaway event in Atlanta with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro (D). Ossoff also released a Spanish-language ad criticizing Perdue and President Donald Trump on family separations at the border.

This election is for a full six-year term ending January 2027. Perdue was first elected in 2014. Ossoff ran against Karen Handel (R) in the 6th Congressional District special election in 2017.

Click here for more coverage of the regular election.

Special election updates

Kelly Loeffler‘s latest ads focus on disaster relief loans and unemployment benefits. One ad features a woman saying Loeffler saved her small business. In the other, a woman says Loeffler helped her extend her unemployment benefits. 

Raphael Warnock released a Spanish-language ad highlighting his background and his pastorship at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor from 1960 to 1968. Inside Elections‘ Jacob Rubashkin said it’s the first Warnock ad to feature an image of King.

The special election will fill the remainder of the term Johnny Isakson (R) won in 2016. He resigned in Dec. 2019, and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) appointed Loeffler, co-owner of the WNBA team Atlanta Dream. Warnock is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. The winner will complete the term ending in January 2023. 

Click here for more coverage of the special election.

Overall campaign updates

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) will host a virtual fundraiser tonight in support of Ossoff and Warnock at 8:30 p.m. ET.
  • The White House announced that Vice President Mike Pence (R) will headline a “Defend the Majority” rally at Augusta Regional Airport at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. This will be the fourth rally Pence has headlined in the state since the Nov. 3 elections.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) headlined a virtual fundraising event supporting Ossoff and Warnock Dec. 7. 

Today: Noteworthy campaign supporters

The runoff elections have drawn active involvement from prominent political figures within the state and across the country, including President Trump, former President Barack Obama, U.S. senators and governors, and noteworthy candidates. 

We’re tracking political figures who have been actively involved in both runoff elections. Involvement includes fundraising for, donating to, and campaigning with candidates in both races. The lists below include events that have already taken place.