Stacey Abrams, former Georgia Senate Minority The leader and 2018 Democratic candidate for governor, announced Wednesday that she will seek the position again.
Her candidacy sets up a potentially controversial rematch between her and Republican Governor Brian Kemp nearly four years after she narrowly lost in one of the country’s most important battleground states. country after accusations that Kemp, then secretary of state, was impede the ability of minorities to vote.
Abrams announced his campaign in a video, tweets that “opportunities in our state should not be determined by zip code, background, or access.”
While both Abrams and Kemp must win primaries before going head-to-head, Kemp could face a challenge from the Republican right wing.
Kemp has come under fire from staunch defenders of former President Donald Trump for refusing to overturn President Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the state in 2020. He also denied the former president’s claim. allegations about widespread voter fraud, further angering Trump’s defenders.
In the year since the election, former Democratic Representative Vernon Jones, who left the party and became a staunch Trump supporter, launched a bid to overthrow Kemp when Trump continued to criticize the governor. Former Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue, who lost his seat two months after Trump lost his state, is also said to have weighed in on a key challenge.
Trump even went so far as to suggestions that he would rather Abrams be governor. “Stacey, do you want to take his place?” Trump said in September. “I’m fine.”
Abrams didn’t mention Kemp or Trump in her announcement video, focusing instead on her Georgia credentials.
“Whether pandemic or hurricane, obstacles stand in our way, or forces determined to divide us, my job is to just bow and keep moving toward a Georgia,” Abrams said. “Because in the end, we are one Georgia.”
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