Stacey Abrams Loses Second Attempt To Take Georgia Governor’s Race

Despite her grassroots efforts helping Joe Biden to win the presidency, she was unable to drum up the same enthusiasm this time for herself.

Four years after a tense, even abrasive contest for the governor’s office in Georgia, the rematch yielded the same result.

CBS News projected Stacey Abrams lost her second bid against Gov. Brian Kemp. With 88 percent of the vote in, Kemp would win reelection 53.8 percent to 45.5 percent, leaving her grassroots campaign unsuccessful despite her ability to get more voters to the polls.

Abrams conceded the race to Kemp in a phone call just after 11 p.m., according to reports.

In 2018, Abrams race against Kemp was so close that she voice her suspicion that voter suppression was a factor in her loss to the Republican, who was Secretary of State at the time. She responded by creating the voter advocacy group Fair FIght, which went into communities registering people to vote and giving them instructions on how to thwart any effort to leave their votes uncounted.

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By the 2020 election, Abrams and Fair FIght and a network of voting activists had registered 800,000 new voters and that has been seen as the determining factor in delivering Georgia for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. That win helped him eventually win the White House, defeating Donald Trump.

But Abrams, who closely trailed Kemp in the polls, was unable to convinced voters to oust Kemp, who joined other Republicans in campaigning on issues of the economy and increasing inflation. Meanwhile, Abrams had tried to get voters to support her platform of supporting reproductive rights in the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision, gun control and again voting rights among other issues.

With Abrams’ loss, this means of the five Black gubernatorial candidates only Wes Moore of Maryland has been victorious. In Iowa, Deidre DeJear has lost her bid to unseat incumbent Kim Reynolds, according to CBS News.

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