The presidential race has already been called, but if Georgia goes blue, a big percentage of the Democrats’ gratitude will certainly go to Stacey Abrams, who vocally and visibly led efforts to increase voter participation in her home state and curb voter suppression.
Abrams ran for governor of Georgia in 2018, the first Black woman to run for governor of any state on a major party’s ticket. Her opponent, Brian Kemp, was until then Georgia’s Secretary of State, and under his leadership, the state purged hundreds of thousands of voters from the registry, many without notice.
After Kemp won the election, Abrams founded the organization Fair Fight 2020 to protect voting rights across many states, while rallying Democrats in Georgia to register an estimates 800,000 new voters for this election. President-elect Joe Biden has a slight but significant edge over Trump in Georgia’s presidential tally, and both of the state’s senate races are headed to run-offs in January. “Every vote counts” has never been truer than right now, in Georgia. (And head’s up! If you’re a seventeen-year-old in Georgia whose birthday s before January 5 2021, you can vote in the run-off!)
Because of all she’s done to increase voter turnout, celebrities and politicians alike are praising Stacey Abrams online, pointing to her as a potential leader in the future of the Democratic Party. The votes are still being tallied, and we don’t know yet if Abrams is headed to the Cabinet, the DNC chair or another position, but it certainly seems like she’s here to stay, and Georgia’s going blue. Here are just some of the Stacey-brations (sorry, the election melted our brains):
John Legend, too, can think of nothing but Georgia turning blue. He recorded a video of himself singing “Georgia On My Mind” and, according to wife Chrissy Teigen, waited five hours to post it, presumably wanting Biden’s lead in the state to grow a bit before he made any kind of statement that could jinx the count. Same, Legend. Same.
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