Stacey Abrams

WGL 2021-Stacey Abrams
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    Fair Fight

Stacey Abrams was not at all surprised when in November Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992. Nor did she bat an eye in January when two Democrats won runoffs in the state, securing party control of the Senate. These victories were no accident, but the result of the groundwork Abrams has laid for the past decade, going back to her time as Democratic minority leader in the Georgia state house. In 2018 Abrams became the first Black woman to ever win the gubernatorial nomination of a major party—in any state—and she created a template for other battleground states by increasing turnout among voters of color. Despite securing more votes than any Democrat in the state’s history at the time by doubling the youth vote and helping register some 800,000 residents, she lost to Brian Kemp, amid allegations that Kemp, then Georgia’s secretary of state, had suppressed the vote. It’s an issue Abrams has turned into a national conversation. She founded the nonpartisan nonprofit Fair Fight Action and the Democratic PAC Fair Fight to expand and protect voting rights, in part by funding and training “voter protection teams,” battling disinformation, and advocating for voting by mail. Now Abrams may very well be one of the most powerful politicians without a political office. Don’t expect that to last long. Abrams, who was floated as a possible Biden running mate and also happens to be a novelist, is widely expected to run for governor again in 2022.