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 ErnstOvernight Health Care: Ernst endorses bipartisan bill to lower drug prices | US partnering with drugmakers on coronavirus vaccine | UN chief says virus poses 'enormous' risks Ernst endorses bipartisan Grassley-Wyden bill to lower drug prices Progressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa 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 LoefflerProgressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa Overnight Health Care: Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by T | Trump proposes removing FDA authority over tobacco | Lawmakers frustrated by lack of emergency funds for coronavirus Anti-abortion group backs Loeffler's election campaign after opposing her Senate appointment MORE (R) in a "jungle primary" to finish the term of former Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonProgressive group backs Senate candidates in Georgia, Iowa Overnight Health Care: Trump budget calls for cutting Medicaid, ACA by T | Trump proposes removing FDA authority over tobacco | Lawmakers frustrated by lack of emergency funds for coronavirus Anti-abortion group backs Loeffler's election campaign after opposing her Senate appointment 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 TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants 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.