Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Photo: D-Minn.
Photo: D-Minn.

Presidential contender Amy Klobuchar to visit Atlanta this week

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is set to swing through Atlanta on Friday to raise cash for her presidential campaign at an event hosted by several influential Georgia Democrats. 

The Minnesota Democrat’s fundraiser will be held at the Buckhead home of Gordon Giffin, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada and a vice-chair of the Dentons law firm. Other co-hosts include former Gov. Roy Barnes and Sheri and Steve Labovitz, prominent donors to Democratic causes. 

Klobuchar, who announced her bid last week in a driving snowstorm, becomes the second presidential candidate to visit Georgia since formally entering the race. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren held a rally in Gwinnett County on Saturday, followed by a private dinner in downtown Atlanta with Stacey Abrams. 

Long little more than a fundraising stop for White House contenders, Georgia was not seriously contested by Democrats over the past few presidential cycles. But last year’s narrow elections, coupled with Republican defeats across the Atlanta suburbs, has energized state Democrats. 

Just about every presidential hopeful visited Georgia last year to stump with Abrams — and lay the groundwork for their campaigns — as Democrats ready to compete for the state’s 16 electoral votes in 2020. Other visits will soon be announced.

It’s not immediately clear if Klobuchar will hold a rally in Georgia before her fundraiser, which will cost donors $1,000 to attend and $5,600 to co-host. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.