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Even Abrams's Allies Unclear on What She Will Do

David Perdue joined Mike Pence at a meeting with local ICE leaders Thursday before a fundraiser.

March 22, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

As 2018 GA GOV nominee Stacey Abrams's (D) "opportunities mount, so too has the pressure." Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "has aggressively recruited her to run against" Sen. David Perdue (R), "a close ally of President Donald Trump’s, and a field of would-be contenders is anxiously awaiting her cue."

"Even her closest allies confess they’re in the dark about her next step. Some believe she’s a certain candidate for the Senate. Others say she’s likely to position herself as a vice presidential running mate," especially following reports that likely presidential candidate Joe Biden (D) was considering launching his campaign with her as VP, which would free her to face Gov. Brian Kemp (R) "again if that falls through. Her self-imposed timeline to make up her mind has slipped from late March to mid-April, and in recent interviews and public appearances, she’s talked bluntly about her internal struggle."

"Abrams’s aides say Biden made no formal request during their meeting, and they stress that she has yet to firm up her own plans."

Abrams, at a recent Atlanta event: "I am going to run for something. And I will tell you in April. But everything is on the table. I’m not being coy. This is hard. When you spend two years focusing on one thing, it’s not easy to turn to something else.”

While she decides, Abrams is staying busy with a nationwide book tour. "For every trip she takes, Republicans see a new line of attack. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has blasted web videos with maps of a plane stopping at each of her destinations that questions: 'Where in the world is Stacey Abrams?'" (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

PENCE VISIT. Perdue joined Vice President Mike Pence during a meeting with local ICE leadership in Atlanta. "Pence took aim at" Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over her executive order last year to bar the city from holding immigration detainees "on his way to a campaign fundraiser for Perdue, who is up for reelection next year." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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