Abrams announces endorsements in 7 Senate races

Abrams announces endorsements in 7 Senate races
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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams unveiled a slate of Senate endorsements Thursday as she uses her burgeoning national profile to boost candidates in competitive contests outside of her home state.

Abrams announced in several tweets Thursday that she is backing Democrats running for Senate seats in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. She had already endorsed Raphael Warnock, who is running in one of Georgia’s Senate races, but the latest slate of endorsements marks the first time she’s backed candidates outside of the Peach State. 

Abrams praised Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly, who is running to unseat Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyOn The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Unemployment benefits to expire as coronavirus talks deadlock McConnell tees up showdown on unemployment benefits MORE (R), as having “a proven record of service to our country” and said former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Gardner says GOP committee should stop airing attack ad on opponent Hickenlooper Democrats' lurch toward the radical left — and other useful myths MORE could “help us cross the finish line” and help Democrats take control of the Senate in his campaign against Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott Gardner300 green groups say Senate has 'moral duty' to reject Trump's public lands nominee Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (R).

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Abrams said Kansas state Sen. Barbara Bollier (D) is “uniquely qualified to help address the disparities dividing America” and was confident that Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon “will fight for expanded access to quality affordable health care” if she defeats Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Senate GOP divided over whether they'd fill Supreme Court vacancy  On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP MORE (R).

The Georgia Democrat went on to praise former Rep. Mike Espy (D-Miss.) as “ready to lead on day one,” former North Carolina state Sen. Cal Cunningham as Democrats’ best hop of unseating Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements On The Trail: The first signs of a post-Trump GOP Chamber of Commerce endorses Ernst for reelection MORE (R) and South Carolina Democrat Jaime Harrison as a “strong leader” who will “work hard to address inequalities” in his race against Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamObama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Trump putting TikTok ban on hold for 45 days: report This week: Negotiators hunt for coronavirus deal as August break looms MORE (R), who is seeking a fourth term. 

Of all seven endorsements, the Senate races in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and North Carolina are anticipated to be the most competitive, with The Cook Political Report rating each one as a "toss-up."

Abrams has seen her national profile rise after her narrow loss in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial race and has emerged as a vocal voting rights advocate. She is frequently mentioned as a possible running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign emails supporters encouraging mask-wearing: 'We have nothing to lose' Cuba spells trouble for Bass's VP hopes Democrats want Biden to debate Trump despite risks MORE, a role for which she is openly campaigning. 

The former vice president has already vowed to select a woman as his running mate and choose a black woman to be his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Abrams has said she would “put my resume against anyone else’s” for the No. 2 slot on Biden’s ticket.