That army, anchored on the Atlanta metro and in smaller areas in predominantly Black cities and counties, helped propel former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of President Trump several thousand votes in this week. Now Democrats are on track to achieve a long cherished dream: to overthrow Georgia, which has not voted for that party’s presidential candidate since 1992.
That optimism is giving the party additional hope that their Senate candidates have a chance to fight in two foreign elections slated for January.
Abrams, 46, the first Black woman to win a political party leadership nomination, has been warmly welcomed by Democratic leaders and activists on social media and elsewhere. on Friday after Biden overtook Trump in votes counted in Georgia. The state is continuing to count the external, temporary and military votes and plans to re-count the votes.
The awards typically address the joint work of Black women, among the most engaged and active parts of the Democratic electoral district ̵1; both as voters and as activists like Abrams, those who register to voters, gather them to the polls and, more and more, run for office.
During the 2018 run for governor, Abrams criticized Kemp for refusing to resign as secretary of state, whose office oversees elections, while he ran for governor. She also called him “the architect of the persecution of voters.”
When the contest ended with Abrams’ 55,000 votes, she refused to give in to Kemp – a decision that conservatives and Republicans have criticized. Instead, she filed a lawsuit against the state for “serious negligence” in administering the election and formed a political group called Action to Fight Fair, focused on fighting the rules. and educate people about how to protect their voting rights.
Abrams said she thinks it is important not to ignore her 1.9 million voters who support her election, many of whom are new voters or those who have not voted in recent elections. because they don’t think it will make a difference.
National party leaders lobbied her heavily to run for Senate this year, and Biden weighed her in the process of looking for a running mate. She has become a sought-after speaker at political conferences and affairs, on late-night news and chat shows, ringing alarms about what she says is the truth. attacks the rights of young, free and multiracial Republicans. The Fight Fair Action has raised tens of millions of dollars to fund initiatives to educate and protect voters in battle states across the country.
On Friday morning, Abrams posted a tweet thanking organizations and activists who have also worked to increase the number and participation of free voters. Dozens of people responded with praise for Abrams, including Hillary Clinton, actress Viola Davis and basketball star LeBron James.
An Abrams spokesperson said she had no further comment on Friday, but in comments before a coalition of freelance activists on Wednesday she spoke of her approach to change, which She believes that it relies on hard work, patience and receptive after failures.
“The important thing is that we’ve tried and we’ve made progress. That’s what we did in Georgia. Post-election, year after year, when people compare us to Lucy and football with Charile Brown. Why bother because it will never happen? “Abrams said. “Well, we made it possible, and we can do it across this country, we can do it in every community, and we can do it on any. problem because we won’t stop. We will not give in, we will not give up, but more importantly, we will dream bigger than what they think our imagination can hold.
Abrams said that as of 2018, 800,000 new voters have been added to Georgia’s voting list, 49% of them are under 30 and 45% of them are of color, both groups are most likely More Democratic voting.
On Friday, Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff staged a rally, where he praised Abrams for spearheading a registration effort and attracting voters – without one Ossoff wouldn’t lead. to the landing against Republican Senator David Perdue. Georgia’s other Republican Senator, Kelly Loeffler, in a separate run will face Democratic Party member Raphael Warnock, who once had the most votes in a special election also held. function on Tuesday. Abrams said she would work to elect both Democrats.
“We’re seeing that change has come to Georgia, and that Georgia is part of the change that has come to America,” Ossoff said. Abrams and her colleagues, he said, took advantage of the state’s demographic changes and made Georgia one of the most competitive battleground states in the country.
“Georgia has become younger and more diverse every day for the past decade,” Ossoff said. “The efforts spent on voter registration and voter empowerment are unprecedented anywhere in the country.”
Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams ‘campaign manager and now the chief executive officer of Fair Fight, said it wasn’t just demographics that kept Georgia on the Democrats’ sights. “I’m sure you’ve heard Stacey say, ‘Demographics aren’t destiny, they’re just an opportunity.’ “People of color, young people, the poor and those in remote rural communities are often looked down upon and flirted with, like white voters.
“Georgia is really the spearhead. That’s what’s happening to our country, demographically, ”Groh-Wargo said in an interview a week before Election Day. “In general, whoever is building a multi-racial, multi-racial coalition will be that side that will thrive in Georgia.”
Stefanie Brown James, co-founder of Collective, a political action committee working to elect free black candidates, was among the first to support Abrams as she began campaigning together. . She said she respects Abrams’ roots as a state organizer and legislator.
“Stacey is a real standard when it comes to the look of a leader. I think she does [gubernatorial] It is also possible for many people, especially Black women, that you can serve the community and run for office. Some of the best public servants are those who work at PTA or have been community organizers or teachers. “
“I’m glad to see her getting her flowers now. I am used to seeing people’s images on social media because they are dead ”- but the images of Abrams honor her political leadership. “Yes, give flowers to his woman right now and help her keep building.”
Deborah Scott, who worked to register voters and lobby them through the Black Women Roundtable, a national citizen participation group, said many Abrams supporters thought she had been cheated. resigned as governor. Abrams critics say she admired that impression, and some used it to defend Trump’s refusal to say he would give in if Biden won.
But Scott said the obstacles Abrams and voters faced in the election were a reminder of Georgia’s racist history of slavery and the Jim Crow segregation, which has come out in the open since. denied blacks to vote.
“It makes people understand that this is still happening in 2020,” she said. “Stacey is very brave. She did not sit on the sidelines. Instead, she joined in and said, ‘This is never going to happen again.’ I think that got everyone excited. ”
Scott, who is also the chief executive officer of a group called Georgia Stand-Up, said dozens of social change groups have begun to work together to educate and motivate people to be more active in voting. , focusing on issues that are important to their daily lives. She also said young people were more involved as a result of the race fair protests over the summer. All of those factors have come together to create a climate change, Scott said.
And even if Democrats don’t turn things around this time, Scott said, “can’t say we didn’t try.”