Posts tagged with "Georgia"

Stacey Abrams for VP? Popular Georgia public servant says she’d accept an offer

August 15, 2019

Stacey Abrams, who lost her 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia by a narrow margin to Republican Brian Kemp, said she would be “honored” to be considered as a running mate for any of the two dozen hopefuls who are making a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination next year, The Hill reported on August 14.

“I would be honored to be considered by any nominee,” she said in an interview with The New York Times that was published Wednesday. 

Abrams already had announced on August 13 that she would not throw her hat into the presidential race-but that she would work instead to combat voter suppression and increase participation in the 2020 census.

However, her personal charisma and political acuity are not to be ignored: As another option, she said she would privileged to be chosen as the vice presidential candidate, should the nominee approach her.

According to The Hill, the Georgia Democrat has cited voter suppression as a reason for her defeat, noting the removal of thousands of people who had failed to cast ballots in recent elections from voting rolls and hours-long lines at some precincts.

I’ve been thinking about this for the last few weeks, an I’ve just come to the decision that my best value add, the strongest contribution I can give to this primary, would be to make sure our nominee is coming into an environment where there’s strong voter protections in place,” she told the Times.

Abrams added that she did not want to wage a campaign “simply because the office is available” and that she’s “been pleased with the direction of the field,” urging all the candidates to also prioritize voter suppression and campaign in Georgia.

Several Democratic presidential candidates already have vowed to (or suggested they might) pick a female running mate if nominated. Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey)  vowed in April to pick a woman as his vice president, while former Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) said in March it would “very difficult not to select a woman” as his running mate.”

Research contact: @thehill

Pundits shift nine House races toward Democrats

November 6, 2018

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report shifted nine House races toward Democrats in a new forecast published on November 5—the day before the midterm elections—The Hill reported.

The changes predicted by Cook are as follows:

Three races — in Texas’s 6th and 10th Congressional Districts and in West Virginia’s 2nd — moved from solid Republican to likely Republican. Two other races—Florida’s 25th and 6th districts, went from likely Republican to leaning Republican.

The movement is the latest indication that Democrats still have the upper-hand in the House prior to Tuesday’s midterms, when Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to regain control of the lower chamber. 

Research contact: @thehill

Oprah campaigns with Stacey Abrams in tight Georgia governor’s race

November 2, 2018

American icon Oprah Winfrey—whom a May 2018 Zogby Analytics poll found to be popular among 53% of likely voters; compared to President Donald Trump, who only would have garnered 47% of the vote in that matchup—campaigned for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams (D)  on November 1.

If elected, in the tight battle against current Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), Abrams –a former state House Minority Leader—would become the nation’s first black female governor.

Declaring herself inspired to rally behind the “bold” and “bodacious” campaigning for Stacy Abrams, Oprah jumped into the 2018 midterm elections, saying she wanted to be part of the historic campaign, according to a same-day report by CBS News.

Although rumors flew about her own candidacy for higher office after she gave a rousing speech at the Golden Globe Awards last January, Winfrey this week reiterated,  “I don’t want to run,” at a rally in Georgia. “I’m here today to support a change-maker.”

Aptly backed by Aretha Franklin’s “Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves,” Oprah boldly hit the hustings, and asked women in the state to rally behind a “Georgia warrior.”

Abrams “is someone who dared to believe she can change the state,” Winfrey said, according to the network news report. The entertainment mogul stressed that she is a registered Independent, not beholden to any political party, but was called to support Abrams because she stands for issues that she cares about. “She cares about Medicaid expansion, keeping families together, and environmental protection for our children so they’ll have clean water and won’t be wearing oxygen masks,” Winfrey said.

At a separate rally for Abrams’ Republican opponent in Georgia, Brian Kemp, Vice President Mike Pence alluded to the Winfrey event and suggested it wasn’t appropriate for the state’s voters.

“This ain’t Hollywood,” Pence said. “I’ve got a message for all of Abrams’s liberal Hollywood friends.” He continued, “This is Georgia, and Georgia wants a governor that is going to put Georgia values and Georgia first.”

The Georgia governor’s race has gained national attention because of extreme ideological differences between Abrams and Kemp as well as allegations of voter suppression. An NBC News/Marist College poll released on October 24 found that Abrams and Kemp are virtually tied in the Georgia gubernatorial race, with Kemp leading Abrams among likely voters—46% to to 45%. Libertarian Ted Metz garnered support from 4% of likely voters.

At the Abrams rally, Winfrey stressed that supporting the campaign was her idea. “Nobody even asked for me to come here,” she said. She planned to go door-to-door to campaign on a personal level for the candidate after they staged two rallies.

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