Failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is running for governor.
It’s unclear whether she plans to refer to her latest bid for the governor’s mansion as a “reelection” campaign. Maybe? Maybe not? She has yet to concede she lost the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race, so who knows.
“I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background, or access to power,” Abrams said Wednesday in a social media post announcing her candidacy.
She also released a new campaign video:
I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) December 1, 2021
Be a founding donor to my campaign:https://t.co/gk2lmBINfW pic.twitter.com/z14wUlo8ls
As I've explained before, Abrams lost the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race honestly, her baseless accusations of GOP voter suppression notwithstanding.
Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp won the election with 50.2% of the vote, compared to Abrams’s 48.8%. More specifically, Kemp defeated Abrams by an estimated 55,000 votes.
Abrams refused to go quietly. She ended her candidacy only when all opportunities to overturn the results of the election dried up. Even then, when she ended her campaign, she refused to concede defeat. Indeed, Abrams claimed Kemp won because he suppressed the vote. She maintains this charade to this day.
Abrams and her allies in the Democratic Party and the press agree. They claim, without evidence, Kemp was responsible for Democratic county governments choosing to consolidate their polling places. (In many cases, Kemp actually opposed the consolidations.) Abrams and her fans falsely blame Kemp for creating longer lines and other likely unforeseen Election Day delays. They also say, without evidence, Kemp was personally responsible for Election Day mishaps, including a shortage of extension cords for voting machines at a polling station in Gwinnett County. (The extension cords were eventually found.)
As for the vote being suppressed in Georgia, approximately 3.9 million votes were cast in the state during the 2018 midterm election cycle. This is the same number of votes cast in the entire state during the 2012 presidential election and not that far off from the 4.1 million votes cast in the 2016 election, which saw a considerable increase from the 2.5 million votes cast in Georgia during the 2014 midterm elections. In total, the 2018 election saw voter turnout in Georgia increase by an estimated 1.4 million from the previous midterm election cycle.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: whoever was in charge of "suppressing" the vote did a terrible job.
Following her nonconcession speech, wherein she ended her candidacy but refused to admit she lost fair and square, Abrams claimed she could prove the Republican Party stole the election. She has yet to deliver on this promise.
Abrams's personal website, by the way, still bills her as “governor.” So, again, does she consider this new race a "reelection" campaign?
Anyway, the real question now is: Whom will former President Donald Trump support in the race? Kemp (should he be the nominee), whom Trump hates, or Abrams, whom Trump praises because he hates Kemp just that much?