Perdue, Ocasio-Cortez spar on Twitter over Georgia races

Sen. David PerdueDavid PerdueGeorgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden talks up bright side beneath omicron's cloud Stacey Abrams launches campaign for Georgia governor MORE (R-Ga.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members MORE (D-N.Y.) sparred Saturday over the upcoming Georgia Senate runoffs, with the progressive congresswoman urging Democrats to turn out to vote and the GOP senator pushing the liberal firebrand to go to Georgia and campaign in person.

The back-and-forth began after Ocasio-Cortez this week encouraged supporters in Georgia to vote for the two Democrats running in the Jan. 5 runoffs in order to help the party secure a Senate majority and advance progressive priorities such as a $15 minimum wage and expanded access to health care.

Perdue shared a report about Ocasio-Cortez's remarks, adding, "Our offer still stands - come on down to Georgia, we'll buy your ticket!"

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The GOP senator had urged the progressive lawmaker to visit the state last month and campaign for his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, telling Fox News then, "I want to buy her ticket. I want her to come."

Ocasio-Cortez fired back on Saturday in a tweet referencing scrutiny Perdue has faced this year surrounding his stock trades during the coronavirus pandemic, something Democrats have hoped will sway the race in favor of Ossoff.

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"And what money are you going to buy that ticket with, Perdue? The curiously 'well-timed' stocks you’ve cashed in on while in office?" Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

The Georgia senator pushed back, writing, "I thought 'free' stuff was your thing?"

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"Either way, I'm in Georgia talking to voters. We'd love to have you," he added.

Ocasio-Cortez has been campaigning in support of Georgia Democrats over the past several weeks, with her team reporting raising more than $600,000 for outside groups seeking to elect Ossoff and fellow Democratic Senate candidate the Rev. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now MORE, according to Politico.

Additionally, other members of "the squad" of progressive congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Omar to accept award Saturday as American Muslim Public Servant of 2021 GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: Democrats can't allow 'indecent' Boebert comments to stand Omar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats September video shows Boebert made earlier comments suggesting Omar was a terrorist MORE (D-Mich.) — have reportedly worked to boost Muslim voter turnout in the state, including with robocalls, the newspaper reported.

Neither Ossoff nor Warnock backs "Medicare for All," a top priority among those in the party's liberal wing such as Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by March of Dimes — Abortion access for 65M women at stake Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan Sanders urges Biden to delay Medicare premium hike linked to Alzheimer's drug MORE (I-Vt.). Still, progressives have joined efforts to boost the Georgia Democrats as part of a push by Democrats to secure a Senate majority and thereby total control of Congress.

"Bernie Sanders wants there to be a Democratic Senate. If we’re going to see any progress on Joe BidenJoe BidenPfizer CEO says vaccine data for those under 5 could be available by end of year Omicron coronavirus variant found in at least 10 states Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles MORE’s pro-worker economic proposals, we need to have a Democratic Senate," Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s longtime adviser, told Politico.

Democrats would need to win both Senate races in order to hold a majority in the Senate, with Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisJoe Manchin should embrace paid leave — now The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden defends disappointing jobs report Harris's office undergoes difficult reset MORE casting tiebreaking votes. However, Republicans would maintain their narrow majority if at least one of the Georgia GOP candidates, Perdue or 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, pulls out a win.