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Perdue's rival raises nearly $2M after senator mispronounces Kamala Harris's name

Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Jon Ossoff said his campaign raised nearly $2 million after Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) mispronounced Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Mexican president breaks with other world leaders, refusing to acknowledge Biden win until election is finalized MORE’s (D-Calif.) name at a Trump campaign event.

At a Friday rally in Macon, Perdue addressed the crowd and said, “Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever.” Perdue’s campaign has claimed the mispronunciation of the Democratic vice presidential nominee's name was not intended as mockery. Perdue and Harris have worked together in the Senate since 2017.

The comment drew swift backlash, with numerous Twitter users posting with the hashtag #MyNameIs in solidarity. Ossoff’s campaign said it has raised $1.8 million as of Sunday night.

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Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, also took a shot at Perdue at a Marietta, Ga., campaign event Sunday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“Let me help what’s-his-face pronounce this: M-V-P. If he can’t remember her name, how about Madam Vice President?” Emhoff said.

Perdue's remarks have drawn comparisons to an incident in 2006 when then-Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), while being filmed by an Indian American tracker from Democratic challenger Jim Webb’s campaign, called the man “Macaca,” a Portuguese word for “monkey.” Allen narrowly lost to Webb in the wake of the incident.

Perdue currently leads Ossoff by a single point in the race, according to the RealClearPolitics polling average. The Hill has requested comment from Perdue's campaign on Ossoff's fundraising.

Georgia is also holding a special election for its other seat, currently held by Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerFeinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight House Democrat accuses Air Force of attempting to influence Georgia runoff races Ossoff, Warnock to knock on doors in runoff campaigns MORE (R-Ga.), in November. Loeffler is defending her seat against Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsMajority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans Georgia secretary of state says wife has received threatening texts about recount MORE (R-Ga.) and Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Matt Lieberman.

Updated at 8:08 a.m.