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Updated May 22, 2018
By Greg Bluestein
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Former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams won the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s top office on Tuesday, defeating ex-state Rep. Stacey Evans and advancing her quest to become the nation’s first black female governor.

She will face one of five Republicans in November in the race to succeed Gov. Nathan Deal, a competition that will test whether the state is truly competitive after more than a decade of GOP rule.

Abrams attracted national attention, big-name endorsements and millions of dollars in outside spending with her “unapologetic progressive” platform to flip the Georgia governor’s office for the first time since 2002.

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But she faced a stiff challenge from Evans, who tried to frame herself as the more ardent progressive. Evans fueled her campaign with nearly $2 million of her own money, pummeling Abrams with criticism for supporting a 2011 Republican-backed measure that cut awards to the HOPE scholarship.

Each of the Democratic and Republican candidates tried to carve out his or her niche in a race that attracted more than $22 million in campaign contributions – and flooded the airwaves with more than $13 million in TV ads.

The Democrats largely abandoned centrist talk to appeal instead to left-leaning voters with a promise of implementing gun control, increasing financial aid for lower-income families and taking steps toward the decriminalization of marijuana.

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That’s a stark contrast from more moderate appeals from a generation of Democratic candidates for governor, who often sought the National Rifle Association’s endorsement and touted fiscally conservative policies.

They are echoing many in the party’s base who insisted on that shift. Claudia Colichon, who lives in north Atlanta, said she demands candidates who embrace mass transit funding and fight for gun control.

“There needs to be a progressive change,” said Colichon. “People are seeing that conservative policies aren’t working.”

Abrams attracted far more national attention, picking up support from Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and a string of other high-profile Democrats. Abrams raised about two-thirds of her campaign funds from outside the state, and national groups funded about $2 million worth of ads supporting her.

Evans mounted a lower-key campaign focused on local endorsements and smaller gatherings. The election-eve activities highlighted their differences. While Abrams held a large get-out-the-vote rally, Evans slung beers for supporters at an Atlanta bar.

Both Abrams and Evans united around a host of issues, including expanding Medicaid, growing the medical marijuana program and continuing Deal’s criminal justice overhaul. And both are outspoken opponents of “religious liberty” measures they say amount to state-sponsored discrimination.

The two attorneys also both were the products of hardscrabble childhoods that shaped their views of government, served together in the state House in their 30s and had up-close views of the tragic toll of substance abuse on their families with siblings who faced legal trouble.

But they’ve clashed on other issues, including how aggressively they oppose the NRA, how they would handle the state’s $26 billion budget and even how they would address Stone Mountain and other Civil War monuments.

The biggest policy divide, however, centered on the HOPE scholarship, which provides tuition aid to Georgia college students who maintain a “B” average.

Evans said Abrams betrayed her party by working with Republicans seeking cost-cutting moves to reduce the program’s awards in 2011. Abrams countered that more “seasoned” Democrats sided with her in that vote because they knew negotiating with the GOP would prevent deeper cuts.

The other central disagreement in the race involved strategy.

Evans banked on a more conventional Democratic plan to win over independent voters and moderates, particularly suburban women, who have fled to the GOP. Abrams has staked her campaign on energizing left-leaning voters, including minorities who rarely cast ballots.

The two competed for support in an increasingly diverse electorate and at times racial tensions surfaced.

There was the moment last year when Abrams supporters shouted down Evans at an Atlanta conference of progressive activists with chants of “support black women.” Evans, who is white, drew scorn with a video at Ebenezer Baptist Church that faded her face into the image of Martin Luther King Jr.

For Democrats, the divisive primary for governor was somewhat novel. Jason Carter, the party’s 2014 nominee, faced no Democratic competition. And former Gov. Roy Barnes steamrolled over opposition in 2010 during his failed comeback bid.

The party has also largely avoided fierce primary battles between black and white candidates for governor since the 1990 vote, when then-Lt. Gov. Zell Miller trounced former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young.

Evans, who represented a Smyrna-based district, faced an uphill battle from the moment she entered the race. Black women form the largest bloc of voters in the Democratic primary, and Abrams’ campaign predicted African-American turnout overall could make up 65 percent of the vote.

To make inroads, Evans staged a slate of smaller rallies and meet-and-greets, and she relied heavily on prominent black officials to spread her message. She also spent far more heavily on TV than Abrams, inundating the airwaves with a HOPE-themed pitch.


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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 07:15:59 pm »
Ah, damn... Hype  You beat me to it!  :)


SHE DID IT!!!   GAME ON!

by Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former state house leader, who will test just how much the state’s traditionally conservative politics are shifting.

By defeating her opponent, Stacey Evans, also a former state legislator, Ms. Abrams also became Georgia’s first black nominee for governor, a prize that has eluded earlier generations of African-American candidates in the state. Her nomination is sure to draw intense national attention in the general election as Georgia voters determine whether a black woman can win in the Deep South, a region that has not had an African-American governor since reconstruction.




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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 07:34:57 pm »
Hear winning the nomination is an interesting foreshadowing of the national Democratic nomination.  And if she wins GEORGIA, that's an even more potent message.

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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2018, 06:08:18 am »
The DNC administrators of Georgia have no excuse.  They had damn well better get behind Ms. Abrams and promote her campaign.  The hardcore "centrist" orthodoxy doesn't work everywhere all the time.
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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2018, 02:56:04 pm »
Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

President Barack Obama endorses 81 candidates in U.S. midterms, says he's 'eager' to get involved
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WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama announced endorsements Wednesday of 81 Democratic candidates in the November midterm elections, and said he is "eager" to help his party gain seats in a contest widely seen as a referendum on Emperor Puppetine.






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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2018, 07:33:59 am »
My Georgia folks...what do you think her chances are?

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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2018, 08:13:18 am »
My Georgia folks...what do you think her chances are?

We aren't worried about "Atlanta" but the rest of Ga will be a toss up. It's going to be close IMO.


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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2018, 08:06:19 pm »
Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Wins Democratic Nomination for Florida Governor
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(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum upset a crowded field of well-funded candidates in Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, a step away from becoming the state’s first black governor.

His surprise victory sets up a November showdown with republican rep. ron desantis, a favorite of emperor puppetine.





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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2018, 05:15:48 pm »
"...about Mayor Andrew Gillum's political opponent..."

Thursday, 30th August 2018

GOP Gubernatorial Nominee Ron DeSantis Moderated Racist, Conspiratorial Facebook Group
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Florida’s GOP gubernatorial nominee Rep. Ron DeSantis administered a racist and conspiracy-obsessed Facebook group, until yesterday when research from Media Matters staffer Natalie Martinez revealed the lawmaker’s role on the page and forced him to leave it.

DeSantis, who was under fire yesterday for making what many deemed a racist remark toward his black opponent Andrew Gillum, helped manage the 95,000 members strong group as one of its 52 administrators.

The other managers included failed Arizona Republican Senate candidate and conspiracy theorist Kelli Ward, white nationalist-tied Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart, and outspoken anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller.

As for the page’s content, members shared posts comparing Parkland high school shooting victims and Black Lives Matter activists to Adolf Hitler, accused NFL players protesting police brutality of kneeling “like ISIS,” and accusing Muslims of worshipping a religion dedicated to “pedophilia, sex slavery, rape gangs, and honor killings.”

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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 06:24:44 am »
Hmm, the same guy who claims that "Don't monkey this up" isn't racist.
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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2018, 02:47:06 pm »
Hmm, the same guy who claims that "Don't monkey this up" isn't racist.


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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2018, 02:28:57 am »
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Associated Press called the race for the 24-year incumbent at 9:53 p.m.
The secretary of state was challenged by 34-year-old Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim in the heated Democratic primary.


Secretary of State William Galvin defeats challenger Josh Zakim in Democratic primary (10:45 p.m.)

The AP also called the following races:

Tracy Lovvorn, Republican nomination for U.S. House in the 2nd Congressional District

James “Jay” McMahon III, Republican nomination for attorney general



Ayanna Pressley

The Associated Press called primary wins for Gonzalez, Diehl, Lynch, Keating, Kennedy, Neal, and Pressley (9:55 p.m.)

The AP called the following races:

Jay Gonzalez, Democratic nomination for governor

Geoff Diehl, Republican nomination for U.S. Senate

Rep. Stephen Lynch, Democratic nomination for U.S. House in the 8th Congressional District

Rep. Bill Keating, Democratic nomination for U.S. House in the 9th Congressional District

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Democratic nomination for U.S. House in the 4th Congressional District

Rep. Richard Neal, Democratic nomination for U.S. House in the 1st Congressional District

Ayanna Pressley, Democratic nomination for U.S. House in the 7th Congressional District








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Re: Stacey Abrams wins Democratic nomination in Georgia gov's race
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2018, 06:45:42 am »
"Not Fair."
Wednesday, 5th September 2018

North Carolina congressional elections to proceed as scheduled with same maps, court rules
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"Looks Rigged To Me."

WASHINGTON, DC - North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts will remain in place and so will the Nov. 6, 2018 election, a federal three-judge panel ruled Tuesday.

The panel ruled last week that the districts are unconstitutional due to “partisan gerrymandering” designed to produce 10 Republican seats.

But, with the election only two months away, the plaintiffs in the case — the North Carolina chapters of Common Cause and The League of Women Voters — argued that it was too late to change the maps despite their victory.

On Tuesday, the court agreed.


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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2018, 01:39:06 pm »
Sunday, 14th October 2018

Georgia Democratic candidate: State law about scaring people out of voting
by Kelsey Tamborrino

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams said Sunday the state's "exact match" voter ID law is part of a system designed to "scare people out of voting."

"This is simply a redux of a failed system that is designed to both scare people out of voting and make it harder for those who are willing to push through, make it harder for them to vote,” Abrams said on CNN's "State of the Union."

The state law requires voter registration forms and state ID forms to match exactly in order for a person to vote in the upcoming election.

The Georgia NAACP said last week it would sue Abrams‘ opponent, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, following an Associated Press report that said his office put on hold 53,000 registrants ahead of the election.

The AP analysis found that close to 70 percent of the registrants on hold are African American.

On Sunday, Abrams accused Kemp of a pattern of trying to suppress certain votes.

"Voting should not be a question of trust on the part of voters, whether they can trust the system," she said.

"And, right now, he is eroding the public trust in the system because 53,000 people have been told, you may be able to vote, you may not, it's up to you to prove it."

She added: "The miasma of fear that is created through voter suppression is as much about terrifying people about trying to vote as it is about actually blocking their ability to do so."

Despite that, Abrams said during a separate Sunday appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" that she remained confident the November election would be fair.

"My organization, working with the Democratic Party, we've put together the largest voter protection effort in the state's history," she said.

"And we have national organizations that are also paying attention. And I think we can make this work."







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« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2018, 02:05:59 pm »
Sunday, 14th October 2018
Mike Goes Blue!
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Michael Cohen, emperor puppetine's former personal attorney, said Sunday that this year's elections "might be the most important in our lifetime."

His statement comes just days after he re-registered as a Democrat in a move that his attorney, Lanny Davis, said was intended to distance himself from the puppetine empire.
 
Both actions represent a significant shift in loyalty for a man who once said that he would "take a bullet" for the acting-President.

Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal counts, including tax fraud, making false statements to a bank and two campaign finance violations -- making an excessive campaign contribution and causing an unlawful corporate contribution -- stemming from payments he made to keep two women who alleged previous affairs with emperor puppetine quiet during the 2016 campaign.

emperor puppetine has denied the claims.
 
Cohen had previously been registered as a Republican, and in June, he stepped down as deputy finance chairman for the rnc amid the criminal investigation into his business dealings.

emperor puppetine has been hammering home the importance of this year's election as well, making the case for the GOP platform in rallies around the country.
 
In September, he told supporters at a rally in Billings, Montana, that if they don't turn out to vote, it will be their "fault" if he gets impeached.
 
Those comments came after the release of a new book by Bob Woodward and the publication of an anonymous op-ed by a senior puppetine empire official in The New York Times that painted a picture of an administration that distrusts the acting-President and that at times has gone out of its way to thwart his agenda.

Some Democratic leaders, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have tried to tamp down calls from within their party to impeach the acting-President if they gain a majority in one of both houses of Congress in the upcoming election. 









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