Former Columbus mayor meets with top national Democrats in D.C., exploring possible senate run

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Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson is moving closer to a possible Democratic run next year for the U..S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. David Perdue.

Sources have confirmed to News 3 that Tomlinson was in Washington D.C. earlier this week and met with Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who leads the fund-raising efforts for Democratic Senate candidates.

Contacted by News 3 Thursday afternoon, Tomlinson confirmed the meetings, but would not comment on them.

Sources say the meetings lasted much of the day and Tomlinson was invited to talk with the two key leaders.

Tomlinson’s trip comes as Stacey Abrams, who is also considering a run against Perdue, has been making rounds on national talk shows. She was on Morning Joe on MSNBC Tuesday morning. Abrams, who lost to Republican Brian Kemp in the 2018 Georgia governor’s race, is keeping her options open.

Tomlinson, who left office earlier this year, has been exploring a run against Perdue for more than a year.

Sources also say that Tomlinson could be close to forming a committee that will allow her to raise funds for the race.

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