Stacey Abrams made it official this morning. She’s decided not to run for U.S. Senate from Georgia in 2020.
While she wouldn’t confirm her plans, there is long been speculation she would join the Democratic race for the presidential nomination.
But not running in Georgia presents an immediate problem for Senate Democrats. Chuck Schumer had all but begged Abrams to run. Combine her decision with Beto O’Rourke in Texas, John Hickenlooper in Colorado, who both decided to pursue the presidential nomination and suddenly Democratic chances of retaking the Senate are looking much more difficult.
According to the Washington Post:
“The likeliest path to a Democratic majority runs through Arizona, where Sen. Martha McSally — who lost last November to Kyrsten Sinema but was then appointed to the seat formerly held by John McCain — will face former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is married to Gabby Giffords. Trump carried the Grand Canyon State in 2016, but it will be a likely 2020 presidential battleground.”
Please check out the Washington Post 202 column above.