With the race for Georgia governor just two months away, the candidates, Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, are deadlocked with 45 percent of the expected vote, according to a new poll from Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News.
Only 8 percent of poll respondents are undecided, meaning the two gubernatorial candidates are battling over a tiny fraction of Georgia citizens, all but guaranteeing that every single vote will matter.
Abrams is not only hoping to flip state power back to the Democratic party for the first time since 2002, but she would become the nation’s first Black woman elected governor if she wins the November 6 election.
Georgia constituents need only look to the last statewide election for a cautionary tale, when Democrat Jason Carter was also tied in the polls with Republican Nathan Deal, only to lose to the right-wing leader in the final stretch.
Abrams made history, becoming the first Black woman to become a major party’s nominee for governor in the U.S., in a closely watched primary race, after beating out Dem. Stacey Evans.
“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.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.