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GA-Sen: Jennifer Rubin, “Republicans should worry about the Senate. A lot.”

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Washington Post columnist, Jennifer Rubin, has a piece out about how Moscow Mitch’s Senate Majority is really in trouble now following the announcement of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson’s (R. GA) retirement, setting up a special election for next year:

Isakson’s resignation should underscore a few observations about 2020.

First, Democrats’ Senate takeover certainly is within the realm of possibility, especially if Alabama Republicans repeat their 2017 error and nominate Roy Moore once again to go up against Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.). Other highly vulnerable Republican incumbents include: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) (who professes to be “sad” her vote for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh cost her support among pro-choice voters who expected her to behave like the independent voice she has claimed to be), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) (running in an increasingly blue state with a possible opponent in former governor John Hickenlooper) and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.). (Appointed in a state also trending Democratic to fill the seat once held by the late John McCain, McSally lost the Senate race against Kyrsten Sinema to fill Jeff Flake’s seat and will likely draw Democrat and former astronaut Mark Kelly, the husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who will run on a strong gun-safety platform.) Other feasible pickups include Iowa, North Carolina and even Montana, if Montana Gov. Steve Bullock drops out of the presidential race. That Republicans even have to worry about losing Senate seats in red states tells you about their fortunes in the Trump era.

Second, Senate pickup chances in states such as Georgia and Arizona (not to mention Texas, should presidential candidates Beto O’Rourke or Julián Castro be convinced to run) remind us that the map for Democrats is expanding in states with substantial nonwhite populations and upscale suburbs (where Republicans bombed in the 2018 midterm congressional races). Considering a presidential candidate’s electability means looking at the electoral map where the right nominee (say a woman and/or nonwhite person) could pump up votes in big Midwest cities and suburbs all over the country, and African American and Hispanic votes in swing southwestern and southeastern states.

Third, it is increasingly likely that if Democrats find a candidate who can spread the map, the nominee may help deliver the Senate with states such as Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and Arizona. In short, a candidate who can win in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere may be the key to the presidency and the Senate.

Winning the Senate along with the White House and abolishing the filibuster are the big goals here. Georgia was always going to be a big target next year, especially when it came to going after U.S. Senator David Perdue (R. GA). Now we have a chance to pick up both U.S. Senate seats in the Peach State. We shall see who steps forward to run for the other seat. Until then, please do donate and get involved with the Georgia Democrats current running against Perdue:

Teresa Tomlinson

Ted Terry

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