Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa

Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa
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A top progressive group endorsed three Democrats running to unseat GOP senators in Iowa and Georgia. 

Democracy for America (DFA) Wednesday announced its support for businesswoman Theresa Greenfield in her bid to challenge Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment MORE (R) in Iowa. Greenfield is facing off against four other Democrats in the party's primary.

DFA also made two endorsements in Georgia, which will host two Senate races this year.

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The group will back former Columbus, Ga., Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who's looking to emerge from a crowded primary field to challenge Sen. David Perdue (R) and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who's running against Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Georgia senator bought stock in personal protective equipment maker amid coronavirus crisis: report Internal Collins poll suggests he holds huge lead over incumbent Sen. Loeffler in Georgia special election MORE (R) in a "jungle primary" to finish the term of former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonInternal Collins poll suggests he holds huge lead over incumbent Sen. Loeffler in Georgia special election Loeffler traded .4M in stocks as Congress responded to coronavirus pandemic Loeffler under fire for stock trades amid coronavirus outbreak MORE (R). 

The endorsements are part of DFA’s “Flip the Senate” campaign, which aims to “hold Senate Republicans accountable for the role they played in helping cover up Donald Trump’s White House crimes.”

DFA specifically referred to last week’s acquittal of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill MORE in the Senate’s impeachment trial when announcing the endorsements, saying it underscored "the crisis of leadership and absence of accountability that exists within the increasingly unrepresentative political institution.” 

“While the battle for the White House grabs the headlines, it’s the makeup of the U.S. Senate that will decide whether we remain locked in a right-wing death spiral or have a Congress that’s willing to work with a progressive president to move towards 'Medicare for All,' make a Green New Deal, and reform our broken criminal justice system,” said DFA CEO Yvette Simpson in a statement. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race against Loeffler as “Lean” Republican, while the contests against Perdue and Ernst are both seen as “Likely” Republican.