Celebrities have been pitching in in droves to help Democrat Jon Ossoff win the upcoming special election in the Georgia 6th congressional district. The latest example is Samuel L. Jackson who is featured in a new radio ad encouraging residents to vote Democratic in Tuesday’s special election.
The ad was released Friday by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
“Stop Donald Trump, the man who encourages racial and religious discrimination and sexism,” Jackson says. “Remember what happened the last time people stayed home: We got stuck with Trump.”
Huffington Post notes that “the minute-long audio spot will air Saturday through Tuesday on urban radio stations in the Atlanta area with the goal of turning out black voters” and “is part of a larger six-figure radio ad buy aimed at turning out African-American voters, according to the DCCC.”
Ossoff is well ahead in early polling, but is so far short of the 50-plus percent he needs to avoid a runoff. Several sources have pointed to preliminary data showing Democratic voters coming out in larger numbers in early voting, which suggests an enthusiasm advantage.
Tom Price, who vacated the seat to become Health and Human Services Secretary, won by 23 points, but Trump’s margin of victory was only 1.5 points.
”We have to channel the great vengeance and furious anger we have for this administration into votes at the ballot box,” Jackson says in the ad. “Do your friends and family a favor ― hell, do yourself a favor, and vote on April 18th!”
I don’t know how valuable celebrity endorsements are, but they probably don’t hurt with the target audience.