Stacey Abrams “—who served as minority leader in Georgia’s state legislature for seven years before running for governor in 2018, losing narrowly to Georgia’s then–Secretary of State Brian Kemp, in one of the most flagrantly voter-suppressed elections in recent memory” worked in Democratic leadership in the state.
Her interview is in the Nov 23 issue this fall of New York Magazine, in which she claims Democrat efforts led in part by her may be insufficient to ward off loosing one or both of the state’s two Senate runoff races, together that could win or loose a Democratic majority of the upper chamber of Congress.
She said “between 2000 and 2010, Georgia had seen a doubling of the Latino population.”
Democrat Biden received 66% of Latinos’ votes for president nation-wide, compared to 32% voting Republican for incumbent President Trump, says survey data from Nov 4 via wire news outlet Reuters.
Regarding voter mobilization efforts of minorities she participated in for GA residents, Abrams further said, “If you don’t come from a community that has an active civic space, and you went through an educational system that didn’t prioritize teaching you, how exactly do we expect people to learn” about the importance of voting?
“We need to make certain that Latino leaders aren’t just the ones we see on TV, but that we’re finding those pockets of communities that represent the different types of Latino organizations and Latino histories,” she said.
Also, Abrams added “quality of life also matters. And television art is such a key part of it.”
With even Fox News reporting how fellow Republican and conservative Mitt Romney attacked Trump for his insistence of doing all possible in states such as Michigan, as well as Georgia (GA), pressuring a high ranking member of his party there in Detroit to not certify Biden’s apparent victory result, and upper-level GOP Congressmen and women failing to outright back Trump’s efforts, his chances in GA, as across the country, seem slim yet still a concern as a president for future races to Democrats.
CNN, meanwhile, announced in the early morning hours today that GA presidential audit turned up “no substantial voter fraud,” and as such declared Biden as winner for the state Trump took in 2016. He won by 211,114 votes that year, and as the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported, at least some 2,600 ballots were missed in counting due to a personel mismanagement this year. Such discrepancies will be insufficient to change the result, however, state election officials concluded, while facing much criticism.
If voter mobilization of minorities such as Latinos is key to Democrats’ winning GA’s Senate races, as Abrahams believes, the state is interesting as well for holding a large white population of less educated, more rural voters, who tend towards Trump — much as wealthier, urban costal elites on the West Coast and in New England trended for Biden’s side. Geographic divide highlights certain isssues for Democrats who fear they will take the presidency this time, even though fraudulent votes in an audit that could have lead to a GA presidential recount, with the audit out today, failed to materialize for Republicans who back Trump’s ongoing legal challenges.
“There is no guarantee about [Georgia’s two runoff elections for the US Senate on] January 5th, but I think we can make it happen,” Abrams said, “And if it doesn’t happen, that doesn’t mean it failed; it just means it didn’t work this time.”
She, like other Democrats working to get out the vote this election cycle, are wary of what Abrams titled GOP “voter-suppression tactics,” but Republicans claim on their side they aim to prevent voter fraud, and as many as 80% of GOP members agree Trump is correct in some, if not all, his allegations that his chances were diminished due to holes in the electoral process and active Democratic efforts to prevent recounts or hold fraudulently tallied votes out of the contest. While Trump seems by this point, with a lack of senior Republican lawmaker support, likely to admit defeat in some form, Biden is meanwhile aiming to pick and for as much of his new administration before Thanksgiving.