Stacey Abrams could make history in November. On May 22, Abrams faced off against Stacy Evans for Georgia’s Democratic Primary. The race was not close. About an hour after polls closed in Georgia, Abrams was named as the winner by receiving over 75 percent of votes.
Abrams is now Georgia’s first Black nominee for governor.
However, Abrams will have an uphill battle to win the election in November due to Georgia being a red state. While metro Atlanta and some areas in South West, Georgia usually vote Democrat, the majority of rural areas in Georgia vote Republican. Abrams will have to convince those rural voters to go against convention to choose a Black woman. It will be a daunting task considering that some rural areas in Georgia embrace the divisive ideas of the old South.
But the possibility of making history may prove to be Abrams’ biggest asset. In the upcoming months, the nation will be looking to Georgia as a place that could solidify the dream of its hometown hero, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. By electing Abrams as the first Black female governor, it will be a pivotal moment in Georgia and the entire United States of America.
Abrams will likely face Republican Casey Cagel in the November election.