Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia’s Democratic Gubernatorial Primary by a Landslide
Abrams could be the first African-American Woman Governor in America
Georgia is now one step closer to electing America’s first black woman governor. Stacey Abrams defeated former state Rep. Stacey Evans, securing 76.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s democratic primary election. Abrams’ win is yet another in an exciting trend of women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks winning primaries all across the country in what Democrats are calling the much anticipated “Blue Wave”.
The former state House minority leader thanked her supporters in her victory speech, saying, “We are writing the next chapter of Georgia history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired. Now let’s go get it done.” The conservative state is slowly leaning liberal, as voters of color and women voters are increasingly mobilized. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton came within a record five points of Donald Trump, giving Democrats hope that they could swing a victory there in November.
Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of BlackPAC, which supported Abrams, said “Stacey Abrams won this election because she reached out and engaged communities of color, particularly black voters, on the issues that they care about. This historic victory is a model for candidates all across the country.”
Abrams received support from many notable Democrats, including endorsements from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders (an Independent). New Jersey’s Senator Cory Booker and California’s Senator Kamala Harris both visited Georgia to campaign on Abrams’ behalf. Her victory follows other gubernatorial democratic primary upsets, including Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the first openly lesbian and Latinx nominee to win the primary nomination in Texas. Both women are joined by Amy McGrath, a former Marine combat pilot who defeated Jim Gray, Lexington’s first openly gay mayor, for Kentucky’s 6th district house seat.
Abrams’ Republican opponent will be chosen in a July 24th run-off election between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. You may remember Kemp as the guy who brandished a shotgun at a teenager in a tasteless ad about dating his daughter. Kemp also made claims of rounding up immigrants in his “big truck” saying “I’ll take them home myself.” November can’t come fast enough.
(via NBC News, image: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)
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