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Abrams: Senate Run a "Real Possibility"

David Ralston warned his fellow Republicans that she poses a real threat to the party, whether she runs for governor or Senate.

Feb. 12, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

"After speaking in Gwinnett as part of her statewide ‘Thank You’ tour Monday,” 2018 GA GOV nominee Stacey Abrams (D) “told reporters that a run for” Sen. David Perdue's (R) “seat next year is a real possibility."

Abrams: "I really fundamentally disagree with his ideology and behavior. That is one of the reasons I'm giving very strong consideration to running for the senate, because I think we need a senator who reflects the needs and values of Georgia and I do not believe [Perdue] is serving all of Georgia." (GPB)

WAKE UP CALL. State House Speaker David Ralston (R) "issued a forceful call to protect vulnerable Republican incumbents ahead of next year’s presidential election by urging conservatives not to demand ideological purity from candidates. ... The Republican advantage in the Georgia House has dwindled to 15 seats—and Ralston pointedly noted there were 15 seats that Republicans won by 55 percent or less. Those districts, largely in the suburbs, will be top Democratic targets next year."

Ralston: “We face this reality: Whoever has the majority after this year’s election will control redistricting in 2021. That, in turn, will determine who controls state government in Georgia for at least the next 10 years.”

He added: “Stacey Abrams is coming. I don’t know whether she’s running against Sen. Perdue or Gov. Kemp. But she is a serious opponent. They have other serious people out there. We have to approach this challenge as if our future depends on it. Because it does.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

MIDDLE GROUND. "For years ... Abrams and her fellow Democrats have assailed Republicans for their refusal to expand Medicaid under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act. So she is taking the news that Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is set to back legislation that could pave the way to a limited Medicaid expansion ... in stride." Abrams "drew applause when she described the idea of a waiver that could include work requirements as a 'pale facsimile that only favors those who they deem to like.' But she told reporters afterward that she’s heartened that Republicans are coming to terms with what they have long derided as Obamacare." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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