Abrams, an Atlanta attorney, could become first ever black woman governor

Abrams, an Atlanta attorney, could become first ever black woman governor

The Democratic primary victor Stacey Abrams, who ran on a progressive platform, locked down support from seemingly every wing of the party-from Our Revolution to EMILY's List-and given the political climate and the overwhelmingly African-American primary electorate, she was the favorite to win.

Abrams took more than 76 percent of the vote from her opponent Stacey Evans, also of the Georgia House of Representatives.

With votes still being tallied, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp largely skipped the celebrations and pivoted directly to talk of a runoff contest that will decide who faces Abrams in November. Per the Guardian, she was the first African-American valedictorian at her high school, the first homeowner in her family, and both the first woman and black minority leader in Georgia's House.

Republicans were watching a tight primary runoff testing the endorsement power of Texas Sen. Additionally, BlackPAC says it sent two waves of mail to 152,000 households and aired television ads that reached more than four million Georgian voters.

Several races were also a referendum on long-simmering divisions within the Democratic Party. If she wins in November (still an odds-defying accomplishment) she will be just the third elected African-American governor, and just the second from a former Confederate state.

Abrams has also been highlighting her incarcerated brother, who suffers from mental illness, who is serving time because of "bad choices to support his drug habit".

And in a Democratic runoff in the race for governor, Lupe Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, defeated Andrew White and will face the Republican incumbent, Greg Abbott, in the fall. Fletcher will face John Culberson in this district where Clinton narrowly won in 2016.

Abrams, an Atlanta attorney, could become first ever black woman governor
Abrams, an Atlanta attorney, could become first ever black woman governor

Because the seat is so high on their list of targets, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made the unusual decision to plop itself right in the middle of the crowded primary ahead of the March ballot.

Democrats would need to flip 24 seats to seize the chamber.

TX-23 and TX-32: In the 23rd and 32nd, Gina Oritz Jones and Colin Allred easily won their run-offs.

"It's more, this time, this climate, right now", Ms McGrath told CNN before her win against Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

"Her ability to understand, relate to, and energize young voters is central to her chances of winning", he said.

She became the first African American female valedictorian of her high school before earning her undergraduate degree from Spelman College. But times are changing in America, and perhaps the South can be nudged to come along with us. She worked as a tax attorney and deputy city attorney for Atlanta, then started her own legal consulting firm. Earlier this year, her financial disclosure forms showed more than $220,000 in personal debt, including $50,000 owed to the IRS. The DCCC haphazardly intervened in this primary raising its profile and likely giving the Moser campaign the wind it needed to make the primary. She also had more experience registering voters than Evans did, after having served as the director of the New Georgia Project that registered thousands of black, Latino and Asian-American Georgia residents who usually don't vote. In 2016, Hillary Clinton got more votes than Barack Obama ever did in the state. But Ms. McGrath had a different and plainly more powerful appeal as a political newcomer, and she entered the race with a splashy online video that dramatized her military career and electrified Democratic activists in Kentucky and beyond.

National Democrats' recruit state Rep. Clarke Tucker won his primary outright to challenge GOP Rep. Republicans still outnumbered them by more than 53,400 votes. Last week in Pennsylvania, a large state with no women in its 20-member congressional delegation, seven women won Democratic primaries.

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