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Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running For Governor of Georgia

Stacey Abrams Announces She’s Running For Governor of Georgia

Stacey Abrams launched a campaign for Georgia Governor on Wednesday with a pledge to fight for economic equality and expand health care access Her announcement sets up a potential rematch against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in one of the nation’s most competitive political battlegrounds. Abrams lost to Kemp by less than 1.4 percentage points in 2018, the closest Georgia gubernatorial election in decades, and her refusal to concede defeat because of what she called an “erosion” of voting rights made her an icon to many Democrats and a villain to conservatives.

But Donald Trump and his loyalists have vowed to exact revenge on Kemp after he refused to overturn 2020 election results in Georgia, and Trump went so far as to suggest at a September rally that he would have preferred if Abrams was governor. As with all Republicans perceived as “disloyal”, Kemp is being challenged for the spot on the Republican ticket by Trump’s pick, Vernon Jones. Former U.S. Sen. David Perdue is also seriously considering a primary challenge against Kemp with Trump’s support. He’s told donors and activists that he’s tempted to enter the race because he fears Kemp will get trounced by Abrams next year.

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The Democrat announced her campaign with a video that highlighted her work in the state since her narrow 2018 defeat to Kemp, along with a message that “opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your ZIP code, background or access to power.”

Abrams had been coy about her future political plans after dedicating herself to voting rights while also continuing to increase her national profile. She gave the response to Donald Trump’s State of the Union in 2019, was considered as a potential running mate for Joe Biden, and she’s grown her media platform with lucrative book and movie projects and a national tour that just wrapped up.

If Vernon Jones were to succeed in his primary challenge, it would be the first time two people of color faced each other in the race for the Governor of a state with a chequered racial past. And if the popular Abrams wins, she would become the first Black governor in Georgia and the first Black woman elected governor in U.S. history. She would also end a string of Republican victories in gubernatorial contests dating to Sonny Perdue’s upset win in 2002 over Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes.

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