Democratic Senate challenger says he raised $1M after incumbent GOP member mocked Kamala Harris’s name

A Democratic Georgia Senate candidate said he raised $1 million in less than 24 hours since his opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue, mocked Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.

Jon Ossoff, who lost the high-profile 2017 special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District after it was vacated by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, announced on Saturday that “we’ve raised $1M (!) since my opponent disgraced himself with bigoted mockery of Kamala’s name at yesterday’s Trump rally” and asked supporters if they could double that amount by midnight.

A day earlier, Perdue mocked Harris, derisively mispronouncing her name at President Trump’s Friday afternoon rally in Macon, Georgia.

“Kamala? Kamala? Kamala-mala-mala? I don’t know. Whatever,” he said, repeatedly changing the way he pronounced her first name.

Ossoff posted the clip on social media and said, “My opponent, GOP Sen. David Perdue of anti-Semitic attack ad infamy, just mocked Sen. Harris’ name as ‘Kamala-mala-mala-whatever’ at a Trump rally. We are so much better than this,” and added a link for donations.

A spokesman for the senator, John Burke, said that Perdue simply misspoke.

“Sen. Perdue simply mispronounced Sen. Harris’ name, and he didn’t mean anything by it. He was making an argument against the radical socialist agenda that she and her endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff are pushing,” he said.

Perdue leads Ossoff by an average of 1 percentage point with less than three weeks before Election Day, according to RealClearPolitics. If neither candidate receives a majority of the vote, then their fight will continue until a Jan. 5 runoff election.


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