Stacey Abrams, a former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor who is said to have propelled voters against Donald Trump in the traditional red country, has helped raise more than $ 3.6 million just in two days for two important US Senate contests in January.
A Fair Action Action spokesperson, part of Abrams’ voter education and campaigning effort, announced the achievement on Sunday.
While the closely watched presidential election in Georgia has yet to be decided, with President-elect Joe Biden ahead of Donald Trump and the race moving towards recount, Senate votes on January 5 involving Democrat candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock is attracting more attention – and huge political resources.
If Republican incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are defeated, the Senate will balance 50-50, leaving Kamala Harris, as vice president, to have a draw and thus mark cease Republican control of the lower house.
Democrats have been disappointed not to win Senate this year, but Ossoff and Warnock have been doing well enough to be forced to flee in Georgia.
“This will be the deciding factor in whether we have access to health care and access to justice in the United States,” Abrams, a former Georgia House minority leader, said on Sunday. on CNN’s State of Union.
“Those are two problems that will make some people pop out. We know this will be a tough fight, it will be a competitive one [and Ossoff and Warnock] are two men who will ensure that Joe Biden has the leadership, support, and parliamentary duty he needs to move this country forward. “
Abrams believes it is a “outdated conception” that her party cannot win in a state with two Republican senators, a Republican governor in Brian Kemp, and a legislature. controlled by Republicans. The most recent Democratic Senator for Georgia was former governor Zell Miller, who retired in 2005.
“We are very proud of the work that Operation Biden has done in Georgia but we are extremely excited about the work that has been done on the ground over the past decade to get us to this point and we are very excited. Glad to be blue, ”said Abrams.
The support of black voters in Georgia is key to Biden’s power there, but Abrams says it will take a diversified coalition to get the seats of two Democrats in the Senate.
“We said early on that this was not a black and white matter, it was about assembling a coalition of the colored, the poor, the underprivileged, the marginalized and the unyielding of greed. We don’t have to wait for an election to meet them, and certainly don’t have to wait until the end of an election to acknowledge their worth, ”Abrams said.
“We’ve been doing this work from the start, but I also want to acknowledge the great work done by progressive whites, who are also working hard to help build these opportunities.
“We are not a majority country yet. And that means that this is an alliance that must be built and maintained on racial, demographic, and geographic, because our mission must be to defend our democracy and act. for advancement for all. “
Abrams’ run at the Georgia governor’s mansion was unsuccessful, losing her with less than 55,000 votes in the 2018 election to Kemp following a heated controversy.
Kemp, then Georgia secretary, kept his place through the race, overseeing the effectiveness of his own election and declaring himself the winner. Additionally, an investigation found Kemp improperly purged 340,000 voters from the list.
Abrams, who has never formally given in and is considered by Biden as a potential running friend, has embarked on a massive voter-attracting effort, determined that 2020 will bring a change of destiny. of the Democrats in Georgia.
“There are dozens of organizations and hundreds of people who see this as their primary mission,” Abrams said.
“I have been privileged to be able to bring in resources both before the 2018 election and the $ 40 million we could spend in 2018 building Democrats’ infrastructure that may not deliver. Victory for me but it definitely has won this week.
“Those who have done that work will work hard to make sure we continue our performance, and we’ll hand over two US Senate seats to join Joe Biden in January.”