According to many Democrats and local officials, if Joseph R. Biden Jr kept his fragile lead in Georgia, he had one person to thank more than everyone else, according to many parties. Democrat and local official: Stacey Abrams.
Mrs. Abrams, a former Yale-trained state party official, spent nearly a decade rebuilding the multi-racial coalition that sparked the civil rights movement of the 1960s and pushed one state at a time. dominated by white conservatives into a more diverse era.
What’s more, Ms. Abrams, a former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, whom Mr. Biden considered a short-term viable mate, is increasingly seen as the new torch bearer of the movement embodied by two Georgian symbols: Martin Luther King Jr and Representative John Lewis. Biden̵7;s rise reinforces that.
“This American citizen wants to thank you from the bottom of my heart !!” actress Viola Davis wrote to Mrs. Abrams on Twitter Friday.
After Mrs. Abrams tweeted her thanks to the Georgia rights activists, Hillary Clinton replied: “And THANK YOU, Stacey. Thank you.”
“What time does the Stacey Abrams parade take place?” Lisa Lucas, a publishing executive, wrote, reflecting the views of black business and political leaders who believe that Mrs. Abrams deserves a lot of credit for leaving voters. Record votes in colored communities across the country.
Seven years ago, while still in the state legislature, Abrams founded Project New Georgia, a nonprofit that registered about 100,000 new voters, then went on to form Fair Fight, a group. organization to combat voter oppression.
In 2018, Ms. Abrams became the first Black woman to win a Democratic nomination for governor and lost in a tight race against Republican Brian Kemp, amid allegations that the party steps have been taken to suppress the black vote by purging the electoral votes.
After missing 55,000 votes, Abrams told Vogue, “I have been sitting shiva for 10 days. Then I began to conspire ”- a joking allusion to the Jewish mourning period.
Since her death, Ms. Abrams has helped register an estimated 800,000 new voters and struggle with the “exact match” rules used to eliminate votes for spelling mistakes and minor errors. Abrams is hardly alone in this effort, joining a coalition of voting rights groups such as ProGeorgia, the Georgia Alliance for the People’s Agenda and the New Georgia Project.
But Mrs. Abrams, a powerful public speaker, became the face of that effort.
Several supporters of President Trump, led by Fox News contributor Byron York, have criticized Abrams for refusing to formally give in to the 2018 election, claiming her behavior has generated money. of Trump’s refusal to accept the 2020 result.
“With Biden getting ahead in Georgia, a lot of the Democrat praise goes to Stacey Abrams. Indeed, her conduct in the 2018 gubernatorial race could serve as a model for Trump’s post-candidacy stance, ”he wrote.
But there are important differences. Mrs. Abrams never gave in, but gave a speech announcing the end of her campaign, then going on – concluding, “Democracy has failed in the Georgians. ”