I saw Stacey Abrams speak last November. Her primary campaign has had enormous momentum – people are excited about the possibility of electing the first Black woman Governor. Abrams’ campaign has focused on exciting voters of color, not just getting middle-class white voters. But she won the primary so resoundingly – 76.5 percent to her opponent’s 23.5 percent - that It’s clear that her appeal crosses racial lines. Abrams has pledged to keep her focus on voters of color. That may work for the win in November, but Georgia is still a red state. Her opponent Stacey Evans talked about reaching across party lines to work with Republicans. No Democrat has won an election for Governor, U.S. Senate or President there since 2000.
I heard Abrams tell one of the stories that grounds her political life. In 1991, she was Valedictorian of her class at Avondale High School. She and her parents rode the MARTA bus to the Governor’s mansion, where the security guard took one look at them and told them they could not enter the “private event” honoring the state’s top students. To be told that she didn’t belong fueled her determination to get in everywhere she had a right to be, but wasn’t welcome. I predict this drive is going to roll her right in to the Governor’s mansion as resident, not visitor. Abrams has also said that she intends to run for President eventually.
Also of note in Georgia is that Lucy McBath, gun control activist and the mother of Jordan Davis, is now in a run off with another Democrat for the House of Representatives seat in Georgia's 6th district. McBath was originally running for a state Senate seat, but switched her bid after the Parkland mass shooting.