Georgia's Stacey Abrams hailed for 'monumental' efforts which could lead to Biden's victory

Iana Murray
Sunday 08 November 2020 08:45
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In a surprising turn of events, it looks like Joe Biden has flipped Georgia on his way to the presidency.

A Democrat hasn’t won in Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Things could obviously still change, but it looks like Biden is going to win Georgia – which is why many are celebrating this momentous turnaround for the state.

Even John Legend shared his tribute to the peach state.

But one person in particular is earning the praises and thanks of Americans: Stacey Abrams.

Abrams ran for the governor of her home state in 2018, but lost to Brian Kemp due to possible voter suppression. It was discovered that Kemp had cancelled over a million voter registrations between 2012 and 2018, many believed to belong to Black voters.

Despite the voting suppression tactics, Abrams only lost by around 55,000 votes. During her gubernatorial run, Latino and Asian American voter turnout also tripled.

However, she didn’t let the loss slow her down. Instead, she forged on with her activism, founding the voting rights nonprofit organisation Fair Fight to combat voter suppression. Since 2018, Abrams has registered approximately 800,000 new voters. Abrams told NPR that among these new voters, 45% were people under 30 and almost half were people of colour.

In recognition of her tireless efforts, many are crediting Abrams for turning the tide in Georgia. Abrams is being recognised for handing Biden Georgia – and the election.

Some familiar names also joined in on spreading the love for Abrams.

In this election, where voter turnout is higher than ever, Abrams' fight against voter suppression is proof of the power of registrations.

Stacey Abrams did that.

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