Beto O’Rourke And Stacey Abrams Crowned ‘Superstar Losers’ By Atlantic Writer

Atlantic writer says Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke famous for losing elections
JONESBORO, GA - OCTOBER 18:  Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams arrives for a campaign event as early voting begins on October 18, 2022 in Jonesboro, Georgia. Abrams is facing incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, whom she narrowly lost to in 2018.  (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Atlantic staff writer Jacob Stern said that Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke are a part of the “superstar loser” phenomenon in politics.
  • Stern wrote the two Democrats are “among the country’s best-known political figures, better known than almost any sitting governor or U.S. senator” but they “have become so well known not by winning big elections but by losing them.”
  • Stern attributes their ability to remain relevant to social media enabling candidates to remain powerful public figures despite election losses.

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