Federal Spotlight: Harris Drops Out; Loeffler Appointed Senate-Designate

December 5, 2019

It’s been quite a week in the world of U.S. politics as several changes have occurred at the national level. U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was once in the top tier of candidates running for president on the Democratic side, abruptly dropped out of the race on Tuesday. Harris, who was seeking to become the first black woman to be a major party’s nominee for president, cited a lack of financial resources as the main reason why she cannot continue her campaign. Harris was polling at 3.4% in the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls, so it will be interesting to see where her support heads over the next several weeks.

On Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) appointed financial executive Kelly Loeffler to serve as the next U.S. Senator from the State of Georgia. Loeffler, a co-owner of the WNBA team Atlanta Dream, will fill the seat of current Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is retiring at the end of this year due to health issues. Senate-Designate Loeffler will be the second woman from The Peach State to serve in the U.S. Senate.