Democrat Stacey Abrams to run for Georgia Governor again

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Democrat Stacey Abrams on Wednesday launched her second bid for Georgia governor in a campaign video posted to Twitter.

In her announcement, Abrams, 47, said she is running “because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by ZIP code, background or access to power.”

“We believe in this place and our folks who deserve to be seen and heard that have a voice because in the end, we are one Georgia regardless of the pandemic or the storms, the obstacles in our way or the forces determined to divide us my job has been to put my head down and keep working toward one Georgia,” Abrams said in the campaign video.

Abrams, a former member of the state’s House of Representatives who has pushed for looser voting restrictions, emphasized that the Peach State needs leadership that knows how to do the job, doesn’t take credit without taking responsibility and understands the pain and needs of the state’s residents.

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Democrat Stacey Abrams made her announcement on social media.
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“That’s the job of government, to fight for one Georgia, our Georgia and now it’s time to get the job done.”

Abrams could face a possible rematch against incumbent Brian Kemp, who beat Abrams in 2018 — 50.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Abrams made history in the race as the first Black woman gubernatorial nominee of any political party.

While Kemp held massive support from top Republicans including former President Donald Trump, he has since come under scrutiny after Trump lost the state in the 2020 Presidential election and Democrats flipped two senate seats.

During a September rally, Trump suggested Abrams would have been doing a better job as governor if she had been elected.

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Stacey Abrams previously ran for governor of Georgia in 2018 and lost to current governor Brian Kemp.
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“Stacey — would you like to take his place? It’s OK with me,” Trump said at the Georgia State Fairgrounds of Kemp.

“We don’t want her!” someone yelled from the crowd.

Trump later took another dig at Kemp, saying, “Of course, having her I think might be better than having your existing governor if you want to know the truth. Might very well be better.”

“This guy is a disaster,” he said of the governor at another point.

Abrams’ decision to run again does not come as a surprise to many, as the 47-year-old has hinted at lofty goals in her political career, including running for president.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
Incumbent Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has found himself taking heat from former President Donald Trump.
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“Do I hold it as an ambition? Absolutely,” Abrams said of running for the executive office in May, adding that she feels a responsibility to say she aims to run — as an example to every young woman and person of color.

“Again, it’s about you cannot have those things you refuse to dream of,” Abrams said.

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