Democrats cleared the field in 2014 to let then-state Sen. Jason Carter run for the job, but the 2018 race for the party's nomination isn't likely to be a cakewalk. Carter and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams are said to be considering a run, and some Democratic insiders believe Reed could still potentially join them despite his vows that he won't.
If not, next up could be the 2020 race for Republican Sen. David Perdue’s seat or the 2022 contest for Sen. Johnny Isakson’s spot and the governor’s office. Reed, who will turn 47 in June, has time on his side.
As for the already-crowded race to replace him, Reed has consistently declined to endorse any successor – at least for now. But Trubey reported that he did offer a few words of advice.
“Don’t blow the budget,” he said.