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 McSallyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA Pence names new press secretary MORE (R), as having “a proven record of service to our country” and said former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Coal company sues EPA over power plant pollution regulation | Automakers fight effort to freeze fuel efficiency standards | EPA watchdog may probe agency's response to California water issues McConnell gives two vulnerable senators a boost with vote on outdoor recreation bill MORE could “help us cross the finish line” and help Democrats take control of the Senate in his campaign against Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Minneapolis protests rock the nation McConnell: Next coronavirus bill will be final COVID-19 package Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA 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 CollinsDemocrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities 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 TillisOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits | House Republicans introduce bill to speed mining projects for critical minerals | Watchdog faults EPA communications in contamination of NC river Trump administration gives renewables more time to take advantage of tax credits Tillis campaign releases first general election TV ad emphasizing 'humble' roots 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 GrahamSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe Graham announces hearing on police use of force after George Floyd killing In a new cold war with China, America may need to befriend Russia 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 launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record 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.