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Voting-accessibility advocate and former Georgia House minority leader Stacey Abrams is likely to refocus on taking on Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in 2022 after Kamala Harris was chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate.
Abrams had repeatedly expressed her desire to be selected as vice president, but since Tuesday’s announcement, she had remained relatively reserved.
“We have to win the election. And I would point out that I ran the most successful campaign to engage the communities we need to build the broadest coalition necessary in 2020, because what we are going to see on the ground is that this is going to be a campaign unlike anything that’s been run before,” Abrams told The Atlantic in April.
She said that she was told that she would not be his pick the day the announcement was made.
“He is building a team that can rebuild America and restore our faith in what lies ahead,” she said via AJC. “I look forward to doing all I can for Team Biden-Harris to deliver Georgia’s 16 electoral votes and a Senate majority, and to fight voter suppression across the country.”
In 2018, Abrams set up election watchdog and voter mobilization group, Fair Fight Action, to combat voter suppression in Black communities across Georgia and to encourage potential voters to use their votes.
Abrams addressed people’s reluctance to vote in a June editorial for The New York Times.
“To say that the answer is to go cast a ballot feels not just inadequate, but also disrespectful. “Go vote” sounds like a slogan, not a solution. Because millions of us have voted,” she wrote. “And too many still die. The moment requires many things of each one of us. What I am focused on is the work of showing people, in concrete ways, what voting gets us. And being honest about how much work voting requires.”
Many consider Abrams to be the rightful governor of Georgia. Can she unseat Kemp in the upcoming election?