Stacey Abrams: First Black Woman Ever Nominated for Governor by Major Party

Abrams' Georgia Primary Win Signals a Shift for Black Women in the Democratic Party

Several races were a referendum on divisions within the Democratic party.

Abrams defeated Stacey Evans in the Democratic primary and Stacy "Chris" Cagle is in the race on the Republican side.

Democrats across the country are absolutely thrilled Stacey Abrams is their candidate for governor in Georgia this November.

Stacey Abrams won the party's nomination for governor in Georgia, where she faces long odds in a Republican-dominated southern state testing divergent Democratic strategies.

The progressive vs. pragmatic divide framed a big race in Texas, where activists had placed their hopes in Laura Moser.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Democrat candidate for the 7th Congressional District, and her husband, Scott Fletcher, leave after voting in the primary runoff at St. Anne's Church, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Houston. She's a political newcomer who beat a long-time elected official backed by some establishment Democrats. Democrats have had little success in achieving statewide support from Georgia's conservative-leaning Whites.

Abrams was the first woman to lead a party in the Georgia General Assembly in 2010 and the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives, according to Abrams' campaign biography. She attended Avondale High School in DeKalb County, Ga., where she became the school's first African-American valedictorian.

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In the ballroom of a downtown Atlanta hotel, Abrams thanked supporters and outlined her vision for the future. The competing concerns have been and remain whether those who vacillate parties during every election are the priority or whether the focus should be directed at the minority voters, who have historically been less involved because they were less called upon or engaged.

There are indications Abrams will chose the latter approach.

On paper, Abrams faces an uphill battle to the open seat in the governor's mansion. Abrams will face off against either Casey Cagle or Brian Kemp, who have been in a competition to see who can embrace more overtly white supremacist rhetoric.

Abrams has been hailed as one of a new wave of Democratic politicians who have harnessed dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump in the runup to this year's midterm elections. Though he faced a crowded primary field, his real target all along has been Republican Rep. On the day of the primary election, Clinton recorded a robocall showing her support for the candidate. But in the end, it was Fletcher who prevailed.

Democrats would need to flip 24 seats to seize the chamber. The DCCC got their favored candidate in former National Football League player Colin Allred.

Two other Republican congressional incumbents - Pete Sessions of Dallas and Will Hurd of Helotes - are in districts with Clinton-Trump numbers like Culberson's.

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

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"All of these outstanding nominees are harnessing the grassroots energy in their states and leading with Democratic values", Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said in a statement.

Jones (a lesbian Filipina who supports Medicare for All) and Allred (a former National Football League player and civil rights leader) both could be considered "establishment" as each was endorsed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) but in the first round of voting they ousted candidates with more establishment credentials and ties (Jay Hulings and Ed Meier, respectively).

The candidates are vying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has held the office since 2011. Although African-Americans and women participate frequently in the political process, few people from these groups win elections - especially at the statewide level.

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

McGrath was making her first bid for public office, among a handful of female Naval Academy graduates running for Congress this year. McGrath raised big money off of an early viral ad and was able to maintain that momentum through the primary. She worked as a tax attorney and deputy city attorney for Atlanta, then started her own legal consulting firm.

One of the moving parts in this development was explained by Sean McElwee in a New York Times op-ed this week: white Democrats are becoming not only more progressive, but more responsive to the kinds of racial-justice concerns their fellow Democrats from minority backgrounds care about. The DCCC haphazardly intervened in this primary raising its profile and likely giving the Moser campaign the wind it needed to make the primary. French Hill in the only closely-watched race in the state. Republicans still outnumbered them by more than 53,400 votes.

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