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When former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lost her bid for the governor’s office in 2018 under sketchy circumstances of voter suppression, she didn’t give up on disenfranchised voters in the state. Instead, she mobilized to change the conditions.
Her efforts are making history for Joe Biden and the Democratic Party in the historically red state of Georgia.
Should the current projections of the presidential election hold steady over the course of the next 24 to48 hours, Biden will be named the 46th president of the United States. There’s a lot of Black folks specifically that he can thank for that. And at the top of his gratitude list should be Abrams and the work of her nonprofit, Fair Fight.
Per their website, the primary objective of Fair Fight is to “promote fair elections in Georgia and around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights.” The result of that work in the 2020 presidential election: the successful registration of 800,000 new voters.
Abrams lost her bid for governor in Georgia to Brian Kemp by a narrow margin of 55,000 votes. That count was steeped in controversy as Kemp was the Secretary of State during the election and held power to implement suppressive policies that primarily targeted Black voters.
It has been 28 years since the state of Georgia went blue for a presidential candidate. Bill Clinton received the electoral votes over the Republican incumbent, George HW Bush, in the 1992 election.
Donald Trump was on pace to securing another Republican electoral win in Georgia on Election Day. But in the days following November 3, a surge of votes coming from the Atlanta metro area and surrounding counties has reversed course in favor of Biden.
A plurality of those voters are Black voters. It is safe to assume that many of which make up the 800,000 new voters that Abrams lobbied for through Fair Fight.
She fought in the name of democracy and to repair a flawed voting system that deprived her of the opportunity of making history in 2018. She shook back and made history in a different manner.
Which is Black superhero shit.