From sensation to struggles: Dem stars Abrams, O’Rourke fade

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Stacey Abrams and Beto O’Rourke catapulted to Democratic stardom in 2018 by defying expectations and nearly pulling off upsets in Georgia and Texas. But they flopped four years later in governors’ races Tuesday even as other Democrats muscled out remarkably resilient victories in the midterm elections. Abrams lost her rematch with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp by 7 points, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott clobbered O’Rourke by double digits. The wipeouts have dimmed the bright future that Democrats once saw for two young sensations who openly flashed White House ambitions and pushed Republicans to the brink on tough turf. Neither Abrams nor O’Rourke has said whether they will run again.