Abrams, the 2018 Democratic nominee, has spent years expanding the electoral district and boosting voter turnout in the state, which has been a reliably red for decades. .
“Stacey worked tirelessly to get Joe Biden and the Democratic National Conference on Georgia, spending years organizing and strategizing,” said Nsé Ufot, Executive Director of Project New Georgia. make sure the Georgians get their voices heard at the polls. effort launched by Abrams in 2013 to grow voters. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without her leadership.”
Three days later, she seems satisfied with the profits.
Georgia’s demographics are changing
Georgia voted Republicans in eight out of nine recent presidential elections. But explosive growth and changing demographics are expanding the Democratic Party’s base and turning the state purple. Republicans may no longer trust Peach State.
Leaders like Abrams, who have pushed Democrats to pay more attention to the state, have helped accelerate change.
Last year, Abrams and her former campaign manager wrote a 16-page document filled with data and trends on Democratic voters in the state. They describe it as a blueprint for their victory in 2020.
“With its diverse, growing population and rapidly changing electoral district, Georgia is not a future opportunity for Democrats; it’s essential right now,” it said. “Georgia is just as competitive as long-standing battlefield states. With one of the youngest and most prolific African-American constituencies of the competing states, Georgia has demographic advantages that Not in other states. “
Georgia also has a growing Latino population and explosive communities in and around the Democratic Atlanta stronghold.
The state’s demographic change plays an important role, Ufot said, but must also invest in recruiting, training and supporting candidates from minority communities.
The New Georgia Project says it has registered about 500,000 new voters. And it plans to keep knocking on the door.
“We have voters in our community, talk to voters and come up with policy initiatives that reflect the needs of the people of our state,” says Ufot. “When people feel heard, they feel encouraged.”
Abrams has diversified into state politics
Abrams, 46, graduated from Spelman College and Yale Law School and served in the Georgia House of Representatives for over a decade.
Abrams’ strong 2018 campaign and grassroots efforts have made her a rising star in the Democratic Party. In 2019, she became the first Black woman to give an official Democratic response to a State of the Union speech.
This year, she is among the top candidates considered potential co-stars for Biden. Trump’s campaign taunted her, saying she was participating in a “desperate audition” to become Biden’s vice president, but Abrams wasn’t shy about her ambitions.
“But it’s not about attention being a companion, it’s making sure my level is not in doubt, because they’re not just talking to me, they’re talking to black women. young people, women of color, young people of color, who wonder if they can also be seen. “
“I have two messages. One, the voter oppression is real and we have to plan against. Two, Georgia is real. You have to plan to fight here,” she told CNN week. this. “We are honored to know that by the time Joe Biden won the nomination, he had Georgia in mind.”
Her 2018 loss has taught voters important lessons
Abrams remains defiant when she ends her run for governor.
“Be clear – this is not a speech of concession, because concession means admitting an action is right, correct or appropriate,” she said. “As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot admit that. But … the title of governor is not nearly as important as our general title – the voters. And that’s why. why we fight. “
“After 2018, we all continued the fight to make sure it wasn’t going to happen to the people of Georgia again,” said Ufot. “Through our grassroots organization, we have been able to register more voters and attract more people to the ballots.”
Meanwhile, many Democrats across the country are recognizing Abrams’ contributions.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Ben Wikler this week said her efforts were felt outside Georgia.
Thanks in part to Abrams, Georgia can now also be a long-standing battlefield.