The first African-American anywhere to win election as governor (he was later joined in that incredibly exclusive club by Massachusetts’s Deval Patrick) was Virginia’s Doug Wilder, who as sitting lieutenant governor ran behind his white ticket-mates in 1989 but still eked out a remarkable victory.
Ms Abrams, 44, will face a Republican candidate in the high-stakes mid-term contest in November. This is Georgia, after all. Democrats have had little success in achieving statewide support from Georgia’s conservative-leaning Whites.
Susan Wright, a voter in Houston, said she thought “Democrats in Washington really screwed up” by attacking Moser.
“You saw last night the progressive wing of the (Democratic) party continues to win”, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox Business Network Wednesday. Some Republicans, however, were more anxious about Gray’s proven ability to win crossover voters if he had become the nominee. But to a remarkable extent southern black Democrats have been expected to loyally support white candidates who spent most of their time appealing to white swing voters, including those who at the presidential level routinely voted Republican. But Democratic voters in the state overwhelmingly chose the approach by Abrams instead.
Episode 150 talks about the historic Stacey Abrams victory in Georgia and then explores the Dodd-Frank rollback, Philip Roth, and what listeners say about talking to Trump supporters.
“Stacey was a mentee of mine when she was a student at Spelman College and worked as my research assistant for Mayor Maynard Jackson’s Office of Youth Services in the early 1990s”, she said. “The new American majority – including voters of color – many of them have never had a statewide campaign to prioritize their needs and values”. And no Democrat seeking that office in the past 20 years, including former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson in 2014, has gotten more than 46 percent of the vote. Abrams goes into November as an underdog, but she’s banking on mobilizing black voters and progressives through campaigning on issues like Medicaid expansion, which would insure 240,000 people.
Perry said that Abrams has been successful in galvanizing the young vote as well.
That takes fundraising millions of dollars. Abrams benefited from the “linked fate” philosophy among African-Americans that influences them to prefer black candidates because of their interests in advancing their individual and group interests. “And it commands that we embrace our obligation to live up to Georgia’s tradition of pride and of promise but to always remember our very complex roots”, she said in an impassioned speech following her win.
There is also evidence Georgia has the potential to be less red. A state where progress is more than possible. In Georgia’s 5th state senate district, Sheikh Rahman won, setting him on the path to become the first immigrant in Georgia’s state senate. So it’s no surprise Bee opened her Wednesday show lauding Abrams as the first black female representing a major party running for governor and mocking the ads of GOP candidates Brian Kemp and Michael Williams.
A number of other prominent Democrats, including Bernie Sanders and Kirsten Gillibrand, have backed the Georgia nominee.
On the downside, Abrams’ 10-year political tenure generated ethics complaints and exposed personal financial debt that could haunt her in the fall campaign. Will the Republican voters who chanted “Drain! The!”
No doubt Abrams could win handily if she were able to add the South’s largest constituency to her coalition – poor and working-class whites.
Evans, through her loss, was supportive.
As an African-American woman born in a small town in Georgia, I have not always been proud of where I came from.