Dem House super PAC debuts star-studded ad in Ga. special election

Dem House super PAC debuts star-studded ad in Ga. special election
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A Democratic super PAC tasked with trying to take back the House majority has launched its debut ad in the closely watched Georgia special election.

Democrats are hoping that Jon Ossoff can deliver a major upset and win the seat vacated by former GOP Rep. Tom Price, who left Congress to become President Trump’s Health and Human Services secretary.

The new digital ad from House Majority PAC is focused on voter participation in the April 18 primary. It doesn’t mention Ossoff and instead features actresses Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz from Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

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“Increasing voter awareness is critical ahead of the special election in GA-06,” said the group’s executive director, Charlie Kelly.

Eighteen candidates from both parties are competing in the April primary. 

Ossoff is hoping to win more than 50 percent of the vote on April 18, which would prevent runoff and give him Price’s seat. 

If no candidate wins a majority of the vote in the "jungle primary," which pits all candidates against each other regardless of party, the top two finishers will compete in a June 20 runoff. That would be a tougher election for Ossoff to win.

Eleven Republicans are in the race, including Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, former state Sens. Dan Moody and Judson Hill, and former Councilman Bob Gray.

Democrats have sought to make the race a referendum on President Trump, who only won the reliably conservative district last fall by 1 percentage point.

Celebrities have been turning out for Ossoff. Actors Alyssa Milano and Chris Gorham came to the suburban Atlanta district and offered to drive voters to the polls as early voting kicked off.

More than a dozen actors and comedians donated money to Ossoff’s campaign, which helped fuel his unprecedented $8.3 million haul. While his contributions came from nearly 200,000 donors, 95 percent of them came from out of state.

Republicans have attacked the Georgia Democrat for his Hollywood boost and have sought to paint him as the “handpicked candidate” of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).

Looking to fend off an Ossoff victory on April 18, Republicans have been pouring in last-minute resources into the district. 

The House GOP’s campaign arm and the national Republican Party have sent staffers to work on the ground, and a major GOP super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership has spent more than $2.2 million targeting Ossoff.