Political statistician Nate Silver ordered Democratic Georgia congressional candidate Jon Ossoff to stop using his name in fundraising emails in a Tweet Monday evening.
Ossoff sent a fundraising email to supporters that argued Silver had claimed Ossoff’s win was the only way for Democrats to retake the house in the 2018 midterm elections.
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) April 10, 2017
The email uses the phrase “shocking announcement” to assert the owner of statistics site 538 worded the statement in a way that revealed him to be a Democrat.
Nate Silver retweeted the assertion, adding, “Making shit up that @natesilver never said.”
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 10, 2017
Ossoff dominates in fundraising, announcing he raised over $8.3 million in the first quarter of 2017. He also leads by a wide margin in recent polling. Despite those advantages, he misled voters about his national security credentials, according to the Washington Free Beacon.