Today, investigative journalist and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee in Georgia Jon Ossoff launched a new ad for statewide African-American radio that informs voters of Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.)’s repeated lies downplaying the risks and human toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a disproportionate impact on Georgia’s Black community. It is part of the campaign’s six-figure statewide African-American radio advertising buy.

The ad, titled “Hardest,” begins by informing Georgians that both Perdue and President Trump were briefed repeatedly on the dangers of COVID-19 in the early months of this pandemic — yet they both lied repeatedly to the public about the true scope of the threat.

According to the ad, Perdue told Georgians the risk remained “low,” even after experts had warned it was dire. In May, as the death toll spiked, Perdue continued to downplay the risks, insisting to Georgians that we wouldn’t “have a significant uptick” despite clear indications that community spread was significant and at risk of accelerating.

The ad continues, “And in July, while Georgia’s Black community was hit the hardest, millions had lost jobs, and families were grieving, David Perdue said … ‘things in Georgia right now are going as well as they could be expected.’”

The ad ends with a message: “Donald Trump and David Perdue lied and left us unprepared. This election, hold them accountable.”

Here is the audio ad, uploaded to Jon Ossoff’s YouTube channel.

Currently, Ossoff has a seven-point deficit in a poll conducted by Harris. However, Ossoff has a one-point lead over Perdue in the Hart Research poll. As Democrats seek to turn Georgia blue for the first time since Max Cleland represented Georgia in the Senate from 1996-2002, both U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs in the Peach State as Senator Kelly Loeffler, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, and The Reverend Raphael G. Warnock are among the notables battling to serve the expiring two years of retired Senator Johnny Isakson’s six-year term.

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff concedes to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta. Ossoff, D-Ga., will challenge Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2020, the Democrat tweeted Monday night, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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