Stacey Abrams is poised to make national history this November.
On Tuesday night, Georgia Democrats officially nominated former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams for governor.
After clinching the nomination over state Rep. Stacey Evans, Abrams will now advance to the general election and fight to become the first ever black woman governor in the United States.
If she wins, she will also be the first woman to serve as governor of Georgia. The state is one of of 22 that have never elected a woman to its highest executive office.
As of this writing, it is unclear who her Republican opponent will be. The leading nominee is Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who earlier this year blocked a tax break for Delta Air Lines after the company ended its partnership with the NRA. But he is likely to face a runoff against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who recently caused a stir by pointing a shotgun at a teenage boy in an advertisement.
Abrams will have an uphill battle against the Georgia GOP, which has had a stranglehold on politics for years. But Trump only won the state in 2016 by 5 points.
And women of color have been winning office across the South since Trump took office. In 2017, numerous women of color were elected or appointed to mayoral offices, including Charlotte, North carolina; Charlottesville, Virginia; New Orleans; and Atlanta.
In a year when so much focus is on the House, and increasingly the Senate, it is important to remember Democrats are poised to make gains in governors’ mansions as well.
And Abrams plans to lead the charge, deep in red territory, to bring Democrats back to power — while making history on a national scale.