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Democrat is first black female nominee for United States governor

Democrat is first black female nominee for United States governor Democrat is first black female nominee for United States governor
Theresa Hayes | 25 May, 2018, 12:37

By defeating Ms Stacey Evans, also a former state legislator, Ms Abrams on Tuesday also became Georgia's first black nominee for governor, a prize that has eluded earlier generations of African-American candidates.

Abrams had 76.5 percent, or 423,163 votes, to Evans 23.5 percent, or 130,234 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. "A Texas where the everyday person has a voice and a fair shot - just as I had", said Valdez, who once picked green beans as a migrant farmworker.

Democratic voters have chosen African-American and Latina women as their candidates for governor in Georgia and Texas, historic wagers for a party embracing minorities and women ahead of November's pivotal mid-term elections.

Although Georgia is known for infamous, segregationist governors like Lester Maddox, this campaign which pitted a white woman against a black woman was largely absent of overt racial appeals. The NCBCP Unity '18 Georgia Campaign spearheaded robocalls from Black celebrities who included: Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Susan L. Taylor and others for a digital social media campaign targeted to 50,000 plus Georgia households of Black women voters.

It is here that Abrams sees an untapped resource of new supporters-people who tend to stay home on election day because they feel abandoned.

GA-01: Our Revolution endorsed activist Lisa Ring won her primary with a majority of the vote, meaning she will take on Earl "Buddy" Carter in November.

The most obvious lessons from Tuesday are that women continue to dramatically over perform and that progressive candidates are still winning primaries.

Abrams attended the historically Black all-female Spelman College where she earned her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. In 1872, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback, a Republican, served as Louisiana governor for 34 days while incumbent governor, Henry Warmoth, faced impeachment.

Adding to the slate of firsts, Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination for governor in Idaho.

Abrams is running to become the first African-American woman elected governor in USA history. The others were Deval Patrick of MA and David Paterson of NY.

But Georgia has never had a female governor, and Democrats have long struggled for a foothold in the staunchly conservative state. Forty-six women are running for governor this year, which is much more than the previous record of 34 female gubernatorial candidates in 1994.

The wins for leftists extend to the South as well, a hopeful sign for Abrams.

There might be a glimmer of hope for Georgia Democrats in the primary results Tuesday. Mr. Carter lost his race by eight percentage points - and a little more than 200,000 votes - to Mr. Coupled with racially-insensitive gaffes, Evans couldn't make headway in a primary dominated by black voters. Their numbers have grown steadily over the last few decades. In a Democratic electorate that is now over 60 percent African-American, it's not surprising that Abrams won. For comparison, turnout in the last presidential election in Texas, in 2016, was 59.4 percent. And while they are among the most hard to get to the polls, her progressive message of investing in education, small businesses and expanding Medicaid has been well received. This won't be easy.

On Tuesday night, four states held primary elections: Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky hosted their first rounds of voting and Texas completed its run-off.

Melanie Campbell, CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of the Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) has been in Georgia partnering with a coalition of Black women-led organizations to activate the Unity '18 Power of the Sister Vote Campaign. Even when they had the opportunity to push a white woman though the highest glass ceiling in the nation, the majority of them - 53 percent - chose Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Another prominent black centrist, Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, ran for the U.S. Senate in Texas in 2002, losing to John Cornyn by a landslide.