How easily Democratic stars can be born! All it takes is a narrow, disappointing loss.
Beto O’Rourke rose to national fame and even got ideas about the presidency because he had narrowly lost a Senate race in 2018. Jon Ossoff’s over-funded House campaign in 2017 fell short in the Atlanta suburbs, and now he has won his party’s nomination for Senate.
Stacey Abrams became famous because she lost a statewide election in Georgia by more than 50,000 votes.
Likewise, former Marine pilot Amy McGrath narrowly lost a key House race in the 2018 election in Lexington, Kentucky. For much of the race, she had been favored to win. She outspent her incumbent opponent by a significant margin, but she came up short. Even so, her narrow loss propelled her to the top of the Democratic field of hopefuls seeking to challenge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2020.
McGrath’s fame took her a lot further than that,