Candidates and outside groups have spent about $14 million on advertising campaigns in the race to see who will win a special election in Georgia for the House, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The seat, representing suburban Atlanta, came open after President Donald Trump appointed Tom Price to be his Health and Human Services secretary.
Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former congressional aide who has raised more than $8.3 million, has already spent more than $5.3 million on radio, TV and cable ads since late February, according to the Journal. Most of the ads introduce himself to voters and make a point saying how he will stand up to President Donald Trump.
Of the 11 Republicans in the race, former State Sen. Dan Moody is the leader having spent about $2 million for campaign ads.
Two outside groups, Club for Growth and Ending Spending, are spending a total of over $1 million in support of individual Republican candidates, the Journal noted. And two national GOP groups have spent about $4 million in ads attacking Ossoff.
In addition the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC, has spent more than $2.1 million in ads assailing Ossoff.
A total of 18 candidates are vying for the seat in the special April 18 election, USA Today reported. The top two finishers, regardless of party affiliation, will compete in a June 20 runoff if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.
But, while some Republicans are concerned about the outcome, others hope the natural conservative lean of the district — which once put New Gingrich in Congress — will help the GOP, Politico reported.
"By Democrats pumping in money here, they've awakened the sleeping giant that is the Republican base in the district," said Jason Shepherd, chairman of the Cobb County Republican Party. "There are not enough Democrats here to win, unless the Republican base doesn't turn out, but now the base knows that they need to turn out."
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