President Elect Joe Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia in 28 years. As has been widely reported, much of the credit for his strong showing in theSouthern state goes to Stacey Abrams. Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate who lost to Brian Kemp in a bitterly disputed race, put her chin up and made some seriously good lemonade out of lemons. She took her anger at her unfair loss and devoted herself to expanding the electorate, registering over 800,000 new voters and boosting turnout in the state, which had remained reliably red for decades.
Georgia has always gone red as far back as anyone can remember. However, massive urban migration and changing demographic shifts to a more diverse population have expanded the Democrats’ base and made the impossible possible. As of 2020, Republicans may no longer be able to count on the Peach State. In the last couple of years, Abrams urged Democratic leaders to vest more in Georgia, and wrote a 16-page proposal filled with data and trends on Democratic voters in the state. This, she said, was the blueprint for victory in 2020.
Abrams is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School. She served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, and held the minority leadership position from 2011 to 2017.
During the 2020 elections, when the nail-biting show-stopping results revealed a clear and decisive victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Abrams said simply: “My heart is full….We are just getting started.”
Thank you Stacey. Our hearts are full, too.