Stacey Abrams Appears to be Readying for Senate Run
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has been hinting at a possible Senate run since losing by only two points to Republican Brian Kemp, just narrowly missing the threshold for forcing a runoff. She now appears to be readying for her next move. She met on Thursday with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), the Chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, to discuss a 2020 Senate run. She also met with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) the same day. Should she decide to jump into the state’s 2020 Senate race against incumbent Senator David Perdue (R-GA), she would instantly be a front-runner in the Democratic primary. She’d also be able to tap into a fundraising base that powered her to a record-breaking $22 million haul in 2018. Additionally, she helped inch the Peach State closer to battleground territory. She told Rolling Stone's Jamil Smith shortly after her concession that “Georgia is a purple state now,” adding, “My opponent did not outperform Republican presidential candidates. I did. I outperformed Democratic presidential candidates, and what that signals is that this is a competitive state.” She has given herself until the end of March to decide whether to run against Perdue, a staunch ally of Donald Trump, or prepare for what could be a rematch in 2022 against Kemp. “One, I need to run for office because I’m the best person for the job, not simply because there’s a job that’s open. No. 2, I need to run because I have ideas and the capacity to win the election and do the job well,” she said last week to an Atlanta radio station. “And No. 3, I need to make decisions not based on animus or bitterness or sadness, but really based in a pragmatism that says, ‘This is the right thing to do.’” The Beat will keep you posted. More here.