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Stacey Abrams announces her candidacy for governor of Georgia in 2022

Voting rights lawyer Stacey Abrams said on Wednesday that she plans to run for Georgia governor in 2022, setting up a showdown with incumbent Republican Brian Kemp.

Abrams broke the news with a two-and-a-half-minute campaign video titled “One Georgia,” in which she touts her history as an activist in the state.

“Opportunities and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your zip code, your background or your access to power,” Abrams said in a tweet. “Over the past four years, when the toughest times hit us all, I have worked to do my part to help families get through it. My job has been to put my head down and keep working – towards One Georgia. “

If Abrams wins, she would be Georgia’s first black governor and the first black woman elected governor in U.S. history, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted.

Abrams had previously run for governor in 2018, narrowly losing to Kemp by less than 1.4 percentage points in an election plagued by voting difficulties that particularly affected people of color.

After the loss, Abrams responded by leading an ambitious voter registration effort. The organization paid dividends in 2020 as the state went blue, sending Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the Senate and contributing to Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

Georgia’s Republicans, led by Kemp, responded by passing a sweeping bill in 2021, making it much more difficult to vote in the state. In a statement at the time, Representative Nikema Williams (D), Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, called the move “the most blatant partisan takeover in modern Georgian history.”

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