Abrams loses to Kemp a second time – The Hilltop

Stacey Abrams loses her rematch against Republican Governor Brian Kemp. Photo courtesy of @staceyabrams Instagram

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp will retain his gubernatorial seat following a win over two-time Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams. Georgia Democrats were outmatched by Republican voters despite increased efforts and funding to help Abrams make state history.

Supporters came out in record numbers for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign, where Abrams helped mobilize historically marginalized groups, increasing voter turnout in Latino, Black and Asian communities. However, this time around Abrams has trailed Kemp in the polls by at least 5% for the majority of the race, even though his campaign has largely focused on registering new voters of color instead of influencing. white moderates.

The Democratic candidate entered this race more hopeful than the last as she championed a major campaign to register and activate more than 800,000 new voters in Georgia. The combined efforts of Abram’s organizations When Fair Fight and the New Georgia Project helped the state “go blue” in the 2020 presidential election, where current President Joe Biden became the first Democratic candidate to win the state in 28 years.

Following her second loss, the Democratic challenger took to Twitter to thank her supporters.

“I know that throughout this campaign the stories of Georgians have been told and lives have been changed because of what we have done together. It is not about politics or even politics. It has always been about people. Fair fights never end. Let’s keep doing it,” Abrams tweeted.

While areas like Atlanta, Savannah, Macon and Athens showed overwhelming support for Abrams, they outnumbered Republican voters. Abrams has also made big endorsements by securing endorsements from former President Barack Obama, playwright Lin Manuel-Miranda, Sen. Corey Booker, DN.J., and TV personality and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey. .

Throughout the campaign, a big concern in the election was Abram’s approval rating among black men. In October, Bloomberg News reported that a third of black men in Georgia who were registered to vote had not participated in the previous three elections.

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When Abrams lost in 2018, Governor Kemp won by 55,000 votes. After the election, exit polls reported that 97% of black women voted for Abrams, as did 88% of black men. Therefore, this nine point difference between male and female voters amounted to 120,000 votes.

In the end, 1.8 million Georgians said they wanted Abrams as governor, compared to 2.1 million who decided Kemp should stay in office. Georgia voters saw the most expensive gubernatorial campaign yet, with Abrams raising $85 million to Kemp’s $60 million.

Howard University students, like Thomas McDaniel, a sophomore in community development at McDonough, Georgia, expressed disappointment with the outcome of the race.

“Historically, Georgia has shown that it is not yet ready for such an eloquent African-American woman to rule the disunited state. Even with record voter turnout, we are still at a disadvantage when it comes to Georgia’s population of biased voters tied to diverse communities and backgrounds,” McDaniel said.

Abrams, who was the first black woman to become a major party gubernatorial candidate in the United States and was seen as one of Biden’s top contenders for vice president, no longer holds office. official public service.

“But looking at the results tonight, we’ve made sure that Stacey Abrams won’t be our governor or your next president,” Kemp told supporters on election night from his election headquarters in Cobb County.

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