A few weeks ago, Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff held his first digital organizing event over the video conferencing service Zoom, geared at teaching volunteers how to conduct phone banks from home.
“There is nothing more effective than going door to door and having those face-to-face conversations,” Ossoff told over 70 attendees. Since moving his primary campaign online over a month ago, the campaign held several virtual town halls and events with local political organizations.
“So now that we cannot do that, we have to bring that same spirit that we bring to people’s doorsteps to conversations that we’re having at a distance,” he added.
Three years ago, Ossoff ran in a special election in a Republican-leaning congressional district in the Atlanta metro area and lost by less than 4% of the vote. The investigative documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer received national attention and Georgia Democrats turned out in notably high numbers for an off-year election, one of the very first after President Trump’s election.
More money went into the 2017 Georgia special election than ever previously recorded in a congressional U.S. House race and it maintains that title today. Ossoff’s campaign raised over $30 million and his opponent, Karen Handel, raised nearly $9 million.