Hill raises nearly $500K in Georgia special election bid

Former state Sen. Judson Hill. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Republican Judson Hill raised nearly $500,000 in his campaign to represent a suburban Atlanta district in Congress that could be an early test of Donald Trump’s popularity.

The former state senator reported raising $473,000 and had $113,000 in his campaign coffers in the final stretch of the April 18 special election to succeed Rep. Tom Price.

As the first Republican to enter the contest – he joined shortly after Trump named Price his health secretary –  Hill had more time to raise cash than other top contenders. His campaign hopes his fundraising haul sends a message to conservatives hoping to avoid an embarrassment in a district held by the GOP since Jimmy Carter was in the White House.

 


 

The contest to represent the district, which spans from east Cobb to north DeKalb, drew 18 candidates who will all be on the same ballot regardless of party. But Republicans are dueling over what appears to be one spot in a June 20 runoff against Democrat Jon Ossoff.

With his “Make Trump Furious” campaign, Ossoff has emerged as the unquestioned leader in the jumbled field. He’s raised at least $3.5 million, captured celebrity endorsements and enlisted thousands of volunteers. He openly talks of winning the race outright by capturing a majority of votes in April to avoid a June 20 runoff.

Financial disclosures are due late next week, and the details of Hill’s donors were not immediately available.

More AJC coverage of the Sixth District race:

With Ossoff at the gates, Republicans try to fortify Georgia’s Sixth

Ossoff fights ‘top-secret’ attacks in Georgia special election

An 18-candidate debate shows how jumbled Georgia special election is

Staff raids and social media hijinks: GOP infighting ramps up in Georgia Sixth

Republicans, Democrats target Ossoff in Georgia special election

How outside forces play an outsized role in Georgia’s 6th District race

House GOP health care plan divides Sixth District candidates

Jon Ossoff rattles conservatives in race for Georgia’s Sixth

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CharlesThomas Duke
CharlesThomas Duke

It will take more than 500K to win a seat in the Senate.the tax payers have to see you are going to do for them that you have to answer the call to better the lives of those in your state and to do as they say.so I don't see no Democrat doing that!!!!!,their liars cheats con artist and they are full of BS

John Johnson
John Johnson

Is the message supposed to be this election can be bought?

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

The Los Angeles Times yesterday began a four-part editorial series, titled “The Problem with Trump.” Its goal is to lay out how extraordinary and dangerous Donald Trump’s presidency is. The facts aren’t new, but the series does an excellent job of capturing the Trump crisis. The L.A. Times focuses on three issues: 1) “Trump’s shocking lack of respect for those fundamental rules and institutions on which our government is based.” 2) “His utter lack of regard for truth” (a subject this newsletter has addressed before). 3) “His scary willingness to repeat alt-right conspiracy theories, racist memes and crackpot, out-of-the-mainstream ideas.” The first editorial was blunt: “nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this train wreck. Like millions of other Americans, we clung to a slim hope that the new president would turn out to be all noise and bluster, or that the people around him in the White House would act as a check on his worst instincts, or that he would be sobered and transformed by the awesome responsibilities of office. “Instead, seventy-some days in — and with about 1,400 to go before his term is completed — it is increasingly clear that those hopes were misplaced.” Leonhardt NY Times

Jeri Henson Dies
Jeri Henson Dies

Lou Davis Look in the mirror and repeat: I am nuts. Trump is a worthless person. I must save my sanity. And then repeat again.

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

I read that article this morning, what a shocking stack of lies. Trump's numerous accomplishments in the first 70 days aren't being by the MainFakeMedia, but they are inspiring business leaders and working Americans. We finally have a real leader in the White House. Trump will be a consequential president and be reelected by over 40 states.

David Burlett
David Burlett

Jeri Henson Dies! Look in the mirror and after it breaks, say I am ugly because I didn't take care of myself, not real bright and I am lost inside of myself, with crazy delusions about the real world and repeat! When you have done half as much for this country as Lou Davis, you might figure it out! Key word, ( might ).

Shelley Kersey
Shelley Kersey

No sane person can name anything Trump has done that is good for this country. Stop drinking the koolaid. His administration is doing everything possible to destroy our country and democracy. The defunding of vital departments and organizations. The attacks on people who don't agree with him. The juvenile tweeting. The conflicts of interest. The connections with Russia. The list is long. He'll be lucky to make it out of his first year and many congressional seats will go with him.

Peter Protopapa
Peter Protopapa

DB. And how are you an expert on what either Lou or Jeri have done? Just because Lou's post is a rambling nonsensical meme laden diatribe that somehow in your mind is erudite and concise, does not make it a great service to the country.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Hundreds of folks are involved in Ossoffs campaign. I haven't even seen anything about Hill, not even a sign. Pretty funny.

Jarid Moon
Jarid Moon

What are the lies? Be specific please.

Juan Pablo Valente
Juan Pablo Valente

Never appointed by Ronald Reagan... an internship doesn't count.. AUSA are not appointed... not to mention playing off his wanna be soldier KKK militia as being in the GA National guard or DOD... he is endorsed by Sen. Rubio who wants Georgia to pay for our water from lake Lanier... he is just a phony wannabe do nothing candidate who can form a sentence or a single thought without tripping over himself. Just awful

Howard Hulsebus
Howard Hulsebus

Sorry I wasn't so specific but Juan proves my point liberals don't know what honesty is just look at the top of the heap. KKK comment is just plain lies, after all who started that little organization! Of course the lying dummycrats and they have always called clan republicans lies every time.

Margaret Mason Rivers
Margaret Mason Rivers

Say what you may, but the early returns show a 5-fold lead for Ossoff and that is THE message! Go Blue!!!!

Wilma Jones
Wilma Jones

Ossof is a legend in his own mind. He has solved all the problems in DC so why do we need him there now.

Howard Hulsebus
Howard Hulsebus

I recall the same kind of bull came around just before Killary the lying queen started sucking eggs!

Margaret Mason Rivers
Margaret Mason Rivers

Nope, I have great hope that TRUMP will be gone before the end of the year, AND the Reptards on 11/7/18 (the day after mid-term elections)! Then we WILL make America GREAT again!!!!!

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Haha, gotta believe those polls!

Margaret Mason Rivers
Margaret Mason Rivers

You just don't get it! TRUMP has done nothing for any of you but you still think he is great! Slashing funds that support the elderly, children, women, the environment, retirees, veterans, the poor, the homeless, immigrants, ruining affordable insurance for all, etc. is not making America great again, but it is lining his pockets and those of his cronies! But keep on being delusional and living in the Twilight Zone!

Lou Davis
Lou Davis

Ossoff is just another lying liberal with no credentials or substance. The people of Georgia won't be fooled. The Big Donor party can spend all the money they want, but it didn't help Hillary and it won't help this lightweight.

Bobby Lamb
Bobby Lamb

The battle to re-take Congress starts this month! Jon Ossoff is running to replace Tom Price in Congress for Georgia's 6th Congressional district. People from all over the country are supporting him with campaign contributions and phone-banking and this referendum on the Trump administration is looking positive. Consider helping in any way you can!

Cody Leach
Cody Leach

Keep Georgia GREAT! Republican victory just moments away... Keep your Soros and California money away!

John Woods
John Woods

Ossoff is a Commie Fraud...He brags about having a Security Clearance...It was only for a few months at the behest of Hank "Guam's gonna tip over" Johnson...It was nothing more than an Interim Clearance...Come and talk to us when he's had one for more then 20+ years...What a Jag Off...

Bobby Lamb
Bobby Lamb

John Woods Hello, fake military fb profile Russian Troll.

Cody Leach
Cody Leach

Fake news! Coming from someone who doesn't dare show a face on Facebook. Get a life you troll.

John Woods
John Woods

Ah...Are you still pissed because you're being denied your Socialist Utopia you were so hoping for? It's hilarious when the News Media calls Comrade Ossoff's Campaign Manager to verify his background...It's the same as calling a Thugs Mom and asking her if her son is a good boy...