Ossoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of Georgia runoff

Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash To empower parents, reinvent schools Senate race in Ohio poses crucial test for Democrats MORE narrates an ad released on Tuesday for Georgia Senate candidate Jon OssoffJon OssoffDemocrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid Perdue on possible run for Georgia governor: 'I'm concerned about the state of our state' Top Senate Democrat calls on attorney general to fire prisons chief MORE (D) ahead of his runoff race against incumbent Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud Stacey Abrams launches campaign for Georgia governor Democrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid MORE (R-Ga.) in January. 

The 30-second spot, titled "Prepared," features footage of Obama stumping for Ossoff and praising the Democratic candidate's track record "fighting injustice." The former president also touts Ossoff's ties to the late civil rights icon Rep. John LewisJohn LewisDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one Obama, Dave Chappelle nominated in same Grammy category MORE (D-Ga.). 

"He learned about public service from one of my lifelong heroes, John Lewis," Obama says. "He knows we need a new Voting Rights Act that makes sure every Georgian is treated equally under the law." 


"If we vote like our lives depend on it, because they do, we will elect Jon Ossoff to the United States Senate," he continues. 

Perdue's fellow Georgia incumbent, GOP Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerSenate GOP worries Trump could derail bid for majority Perdue mulling primary challenge against Kemp in Georgia: report McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race MORE, is also facing a runoff in January against the Rev. Raphael Warnock (D). The two races will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Democrats must win both to win the majority.

Ossoff faces an uphill climb against Perdue in January. While neither candidate won the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win election in November, Perdue won 86,000 more votes than Ossoff. However, Democrats argue mobilizing key groups like Black, Latino and young voters can put them over the edge. 

Democrats hope voter mobilization, fueled in large part by former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, along with voter registration ahead of the state's Dec. 7 deadline, will propel them to victory. 

Republicans have also expressed concerns that President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE's criticism of Georgia officials and his allegations of voter fraud could backfire, depressing GOP turnout.