Stacey Abrams, the near-successful 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia and the woman considered the hottest political person in the Peach State, announced recently she would not challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020.
Several sources in Georgia told questsin they expected that former state legislator Abrams would either attempt to become a running mate to the eventual Democratic nominee for president or seek a rematch with arch-nemesis and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022.
In March, the “Axios” news site reported that Joe Biden’s advisers have considered Abrams as a prospective vice presidential candidate because her presence on the ticket would demonstrate the former vice president “isn’t just another old white guy.”
Abrams, 45, became a national figure last year when she became the first black woman in Peach State history to be nominated for governor. In a close race that was widely disputed, Abrams lost to Kemp by a microscopic 55,000 votes out of more than 3.9 million cast.
A just-completed Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll showed Abrams with a 44% approval rating, down from 51% in the same poll in January. The Journal-Constitution poll also showed her with 44 percent disapproval which is up from 40% in January.
Perdue had a slightly higher approval rating at 46% in the poll and only 24 % of Georgia voters thought he was doing a bad job.
At this point, the only announced Democratic candidate running against Sen. Perdue is former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. She is not well-known statewide. Speculation is that defeated congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, who lost a much-watched special U.S. House race in 2017, might consider running in the Democratic primary.