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U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff is a ‘Star Wars’ fan

Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, who is in a tight race that will determine the Congressional majority, appears to know his ‘Star Wars’ lore.

Jon Ossoff, candidate for congress in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, meets with his supporters and volunteers at the Sandy Springs Canvass Launch for his final day on the campaign trail. Georgia voters steadily streamed into suburban Atlanta poll
Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, meets with his supporters and volunteers at the Sandy Springs Canvass Launch for his final day on the campaign trail. Georgia voters steadily streamed into the suburban Atlanta poll
Chad Rhym, Atlanta Journal-Constitution via Associated Press

Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is currently locked in a tight battle for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia with Republican David Perdue, is apparently a “Star Wars” fan.

What happened?

On Tuesday night, one of Ossoff’s old tweets resurfaced on social media. The tweet comes from 2012, shortly after Disney purchased Lucasfilm for near $4 billion.

  • At the time, Disney had announced there would be a new sequel trilogy for the franchise, giving fans their first glimpse at the “Star Wars” universe since the prequel trilogy.

Ossoff appeared to speculate about the sequel trilogy in the 2012 tweet.

Why this makes him a ‘Star Wars’ fan

Back in 2012, you had to be a pretty big “Star Wars” fan to know about Thrawn, let alone suggest that the grand admiral deserved his own sequel trilogy. Thrawn originally appeared in the expanded universe of “Star Wars” novels that were published in the 1990s. In fact, Timothy Zahn’s series on Thrawn really elevated the expanded novel community.

  • After Disney bought Lucasfilm, all of the expanded universe novels were deemed “legends,” meaning they didn’t count toward the “Star Wars” canon. However, Thrawn was re-added into the canon when he appeared in the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.”

More recently, there’s been a new Thrawn book series and his name was dropped in “The Mandalorian.”