Reasons to Get Excited About Stacey Abrams

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"We have a tough race to come, and sometimes we can find it easy to forget about the solid ground beneath our feet", Abrams said.

Abrams said during a rousing speech at her post-election party.

Their ultimate ballot box success has yet to play out. "The Georgia that gave us the Godfather of Soul and the queen of the Met - and that sent a peanut farmer to the Oval Office". "When the unexpected becomes truth, it reminds us of who we are - how we've stumbled and how we've flourished - and it commands that we embrace our obligation to live up to Georgia's tradition of pride and of promise, to remember our complex roots..."

While Democrats have few illusions of ousting Abbott in November, Valdez's win spared the party from putting at the top of their ticket Houston businessman Andrew White, a moderate who personally opposes abortion.

National organisations including Planned Parenthood, MoveOn and EMILY's List have also endorsed Ms Abrams.

This "battle of the two Staceys" was historic because two women competed as major contenders in a Georgia gubernatorial primary for the first time in its history.

Adrianne Shropshire the executive director of BlackPAC, said this in support of Abrams. Republican House Majority Leader Jonathan Shell lost to a math teacher mobilized by the recent teacher strike activism (please cherish the following sentence: "Shell did not answer a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment after the race Tuesday."). About 2.6 million Texans voted in the March primaries - 1.5 million on the Republican side, and 1.1 million on the Democratic side. Her opponent Stacey Evans, who is white, said she would largely hew to the traditional Southern Democratic strategy of trying to win over centrists and independents, while also campaigning in black communities.

"Her basic proposition was: Trying to go after white voters who are inclined to vote Republican is futile", Gillespie said.

Perry said that Abrams has been successful in galvanizing the young vote as well. "We also worked with other civic groups like the National Urban League, NAACP, sororities and fraternities and churches".

Democrats see a potential window for victory in the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Nathan Deal, but experts say it won't happen without a hard fight.

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Stacey Abrams, 44, easily won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday's primary.

"This is a monumental win, not only for Georgia but for our nation". That means half of the House nominees in North Carolina are black women.

"America's 23 million Black women are one step closer to having their voices truly represented at a decision-making table that will have a ripple effect across the country", added Kimberly Peeler-Allen, co-founder of Higher Heights.

The US now has six female governors.

Abrams attended the historically Black all-female Spelman College where she earned her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Before the midterm elections, black women hold only three statewide offices, and there are 19 black women in Congress.

In particular, Abrams must take advantage of the power of the black female swing vote. But she's faltered on the campaign trail with basic policy issues while failing to win the endorsement of some Hispanic activists because of her past cooperation with federal immigration agents while serving as Dallas County sheriff. As it happens, Scott faced poorly financed African-American Democrats both times; the state is so heavily Republican that competitive Democratic statewide campaigns are rare.

Yesterday, rides were provided to the polls and canvassing and phone banks took place around Georgia.

On the downside, Abrams' 10-year political tenure generated ethics complaints and exposed personal financial debt that could haunt her in the fall campaign.