Stacey Abrams made history to become the first Black woman to become a major party’s nominee for governor in the U.S. in a closely watched race in Georgia.
Abrams defeated Stacey Evans in Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday night, NBC News reports.
Abrams, a former State House leader, is attempting to make history to become the country’s first Black female governor; she would also be Georgia’s first woman governor.
“We are writing the next chapter of Georgia history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired,” Abrams told supporters in Atlanta at her victory party. “Now let’s go get it done.”
Abrams handily defeated Evans with 270,894 votes to Evans’ 87,743 with about 70 percent of precincts reporting, according to NBC News.
She will face off against the Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in the fall. The two Republican candidates will go head to head in a July 24 runoff after both candidates failed to secure 50 percent of the vote in the five-way primary race on Tuesday.
What's Your Reaction?
Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.