Stacey Abrams has once again received the Democratic nomination for governor in the state of Georgia.
The voting rights champion ran unopposed in the grassroots event in the years following Tuesday’s primary. Her initial victory comes nearly four years after she lost the eventual gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp, who was in charge of overseeing the election in his capacity as Georgia’s secretary of state.
Kemp, meanwhile, is attempting to face a challenger for the Republican nomination from David Perdue, whose racist remarks about Abrams landed him in hot water this week. The GOP race presents an opportunity for voters to indicate how much stock they held in support of former President Donald Trump when they chose Perdue over Kemp, who then helped Trump reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election. refused.
In 2018, several critics alleged that it was unfair for Kemp to be in charge of elections in which he was also a candidate in a competitive race, and was accused of voter suppression. As secretary of state, Kemp closed 214 polling places after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that gave the federal government the power to oversee changes to state voting procedures. was given.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kemp purged nearly 1.4 million “passive” voters from the roll between 2010 and 2018, saying people with low incomes and people of color were more likely to be named.
In a process characterized by hours-long lines, delays and confusion at polling places, Abrams lost the 2018 gubernatorial race by nearly 55,000 votes out of nearly 4 million.
She gave a non-concessional speech that acknowledged Kemp as the winner, but called her work driving the election “horrendous,” adding that “eight years of systemic disintegration, disinvestment, and incompetence had the desired effect.”
“Concession means accepting an action as right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot accept that,” Abrams said at the time.
Later, she started a project to help people register to vote. NBC News reported in December that nearly 1.3 million people have registered in Georgia since the 2018 race.
While many people find Abrams hard to pin down on the political spectrum precisely, she supports standard Democratic policy fare such as better access to abortion and affordable health care, stronger gun control laws and efforts to curb discrimination. .