Stacey Abrams did not hide her disappointment when Republican Brian Kemp was declared the winner of the Georgia governor’s race two years ago, after a bitter contest plagued by widespread irregularities and allegations of voter suppression.
She channeled her outrage into organizing and mobilizing an army of voters to break the Republican Party’s hold on politics in Georgia.
In the wake of her loss, Abrams started Fair Fight Action, taking the battle against voter suppression to 18 states. The group launched a massive voter education campaign, promoting voting by mail and encouraging voters to plan to cast their ballots.
In the final months of the 2020 election, volunteers texted millions of voters and made thousands of phone calls.
Current and former lawmakers and officials took to Twitter on Friday to thank the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate for helping people in Georgia register to vote and make their ballots count.
Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, tweeted, “And thank YOU, Stacey. Thank you,” quote tweeting a post from Abrams thanking various organizations for their work, helping them get the job done.
Former Obama administration advisor, Valerie Jarrett, quoted the same tweet as Clinton, stating that Abrams had forgotten to thank one person, herself.
Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), tweeted that the work Abrams has done in Georgia is “nothing short of remarkable.”
Biden’s run for the presidency was never riding on Georgia; the state became an essential part of the campaign’s strategy because of Abrams’ determination.
Neither Barack Obama nor Hillary Clinton had made a severe play for Georgia in recent years. Still, after Abrams’ narrowly lost her race to become Georgia’s next governor, she doubled down on her efforts to expand the electorate and push back against voter suppression.
The payoff finally came as the election unfolded this week. Both Senate races are headed to a January 5 runoff election that could give Georgia its first Democratic U.S. senator since Zell Miller retired in 2005.
And Biden is on track to become the first Democratic presidential nominee to win the state since Bill Clinton in 1992.