Most of Georgia Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff's campaign funds came from outside the state, and he is '"bringing in Hollywood actors to push his message," Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said Wednesday, calling him a "shell-candidate who doesn't live in the district."
"He is the least qualified candidate to represent Georgia," McDaniel told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "What we saw in the trend lines of early voting yesterday is that people in Georgia, in the 6th district, when they got to know him more they supported him less. We'll see that continue as they learn more about this candidate and how unqualified he is to represent them."
Ossoff netted 48.1 percent of the vote but did not become the clear winner of the race to fill the 6th Congressional District's House seat vacated by now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. He will face Republican challenger Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state who attracted 19.8 percent of the vote. Ossoff and Handel were two of 18 candidates vying for the seat.
However, McDaniel responded, when asked if she was concerned that Ossoff's numbers reflected vulnerability for the GOP that Democrats have yet to get their first win against President Donald Trump.
"The Democrats are looking for a win, and the amount of money he [Ossoff] raised is unprecedented in a congressional race," said McDaniel. "They are looking for their first win against this president and they have fallen short after every turn. Their message is to obstruct and resist and the president continues to talk to the American people about his agenda to make their lives better."
Ossoff, she continued, "Would be another vote for Nancy Pelosi and going to Washington and saying I won't do anything. I'll go to Washington to do nothing. And voters, if they're hearing what the message the Republicans are putting forward and the message — the non-message Democrats are putting forward, they'll go with Republicans."
Trump became involved with the Georgia election, including making robocalls and tweeting, and McDaniel said she'd like to see him remain involved in all of the special elections.
"He is the leader of our party and galvanized our base, and he has a message ... the president is the best messenger to help turn out our vote," she said.
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