Abrams, O’Rourke Falling Flat Even With Flattering Media Coverage

Stacey Abrams

At a glance

  • “Glossy magazine profiles” and “soft press coverage” did not help Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams win over voters in their respective red-leaning states, one Politico analysis suggested.
  • The media outlet examined why the two former Democratic superstars are trailing behind their Republican opponents in the upcoming November election, when O’Rourke will face off with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and Abrams will engage in a rematch with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.
  • “O’Rourke hasn’t led in a single survey since he announced his candidacy last November, and Abrams is barely doing better,” Politico’s deputy editor Calder McHugh noted, despite the pair being Democratic Party favorites in 2018. That may in part have been the problem, McHugh argued.

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