Two top Republican super PACs are taking out a massive $70 million ad buy in Georgia ahead of the state’s two Senate runoff elections in January.
Senate Leadership Fund (SLF) is dropping $35 million in the state in support of Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGOP sees Biden crises as boon for midterm recruitment Trump campaign, RNC refund donors another .8 million in 2021: NYT Loeffler meets with McConnell amid speculation of another Senate run MORE (R), who is slated to face off against Democrat Jon OssoffJon OssoffStacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race Herschel Walker files paperwork to run for Senate in Georgia MORE on Jan. 5, while another super PAC, American Crossroads, is spending $35 million to boost Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerWarnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid Trump endorses Hershel Walker for Georgia Senate seat Herschel Walker's entrance shakes up Georgia Senate race MORE (R) in her bid against Democrat Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockDemocrats push to shield election workers from violent threats House Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Polls open in California as Newsom fights for job MORE.
The combined $70 million ad buy brings the two groups’ total spending in the runoffs so far to nearly $80 million. The super PACs announced $9 million in radio and television advertising earlier this week.
The latest ad buy from SLF and American Crossroads was first reported on Friday by Politico.
Both parties have already begun spending heavily in the Georgia runoffs as they battle over control of the Senate. Republicans are currently slated to enter the next Congress with 50 seats to Democrats’ 48. Given that Democrats will control the White House next year, the party needs to win both seats in Georgia to take control of the upper chamber.
Even before the latest investments from SLF and American Crossroads, more than $135 million in television ads had already been booked in the Georgia runoffs.
“The radical left is pouring money and people into Georgia because they know Perdue and Loeffler are all that stands between America and socialism,” said Stephen Law, the president of SLF. “We’re going to do everything humanly possible to keep radicals like Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock out of the Senate.”
The spending announcement from SLF and American Crossroads came as Georgia’s top elections official certified the results of the Nov. 3 general election, formalizing President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes MORE’s win over President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE in the state. Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 to carry Georgia’s electoral votes.