WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are stinging from a trio of high-profile failures to recruit candidates who could help reclaim the majority, including Stacey Abrams' announcement that she would pass up a U.S. Senate run in Georgia.
That decision, announced Tuesday, was a blow to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who tried to woo Abrams to the campaign.
The inability of Schumer and other Democrats to corral well-known candidates underscores that many of the party's biggest players are betting they'll have better futures outside Capitol Hill, where action can be slow — especially in the minority.
It's also a sign of how tough Democrats will find their fight to regain control of the Senate next year. And that steep climb sparked glee from Republicans, who hold a 53-47 majority in the chamber.