Georgian MoveOn members voted decisively to support Stacey Abrams in the race for state governor, with an overwhelming 97% of votes cast in favor of Abrams.
MoveOn has more than 400,000 members in Georgia, and Abrams' endorsement is one of MoveOn's first two endorsements for governor in 2022, the other being Beto O'Rourke in Texas. These two races were chosen in the first place because of the crucial role the next governor will play in the lives of their constituents and because they are cornerstones in determining whether we will continue to have a functioning democracy where the people retain the right to have their votes counted and actually determine the winner of the elections.
Stacey Abrams' bid for governor against a divided and extreme Georgia Republican Party will determine whether people get the help they need at work, whether a woman's right to vote is protected on Trump's Supreme Court and if Medicaid is extended.
"Stacey Abrams is the leader we need right now in our democracy," said Rahna Epting, executive director of MoveOn Political Action. “The stakes are high in next year's midterm elections, and Americans' livelihoods and rights are at stake. The people of Georgia need a governor who not only understands them, but who is ready to fight to protect these rights.
MoveOn members' decision to support Abrams will activate the statewide and national grassroots network to begin fundraising, as well as local and digital organizing efforts on their behalf. In 2018, MoveOn members raised more than $1 million for Abrams' campaign in an election that electrified both Peach State and the country.
More than three years after Abrams challenged Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in an election she narrowly lost, Abrams faces new challenges stemming from Georgia's ever-changing political landscape. Since 2018, more than 1.2 million new voters have joined the Georgian electorate, with a younger and more diverse population. Abrams, who made a name for herself as a voter rights activist, quickly became a thorn in the side of Republicans. However, Republicans are not so fond of incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, giving Abrams an opportunity to continue building a strong and diverse voter base.
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Stacey Abrams was the first black woman to become a major-party gubernatorial candidate in the United States, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state's history. During her tenure in the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams fought to improve the lives of all Georgians by single-handedly stopping the largest tax hike for ordinary Georgians in state history. , promoting criminal justice reforms that have lowered prison costs without increasing crime, and working with Republicans on the state's largest transit funding program.
Stacey Abrams hopes to build a statewide operation that culturally reflects the state's diversity. Abrams recognizes the historic pain resulting from the pandemic, which has exacerbated racial and income inequality in Georgia, and plans to take immediate action to address these issues facing Georgians.