Stacey Abrams calls Georgia ‘essential’ for Democrats to keep control of Congress midterm

WASHINGTON — Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race, said Wednesday that the major House and Senate races in her state will likely play a deciding role in determining whether Democrats maintain their narrow congressional majority this fall. .

“Georgia is key. We know Raphael Warnock will be key to holding the Senate. We know Sanford Bishop’s run in the 2nd District can be part of the puzzle to hold the House,” Abrams said in an interview with NBC. News correspondent Blayne Alexander.

In November, Abrams said issues such as abortion, gun violence and the economy are top of mind for voters and could boost turnout. While the president’s party typically loses seats in the first midterm elections of a presidency, the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade and former President Donald Trump’s involvement in numerous races have energized Democratic voters in the final months of this election cycle.

“We know that for women in particular, Georgia is going to be vital, because every state in the South has gone on a rampage to make abortion difficult, if not impossible, to get, and getting me elected governor can change the future for me. the women of the state and of this region,” she said.

Abrams described Georgia as having “one of the strongest abortion bans in the country,” but she did not specify what she could do to change that if elected.

“The reason I’m talking about abortion rights is because women need to know that I understand biology, which apparently the governor doesn’t,” she said. “Women are told to make reproductive choices before they know they are pregnant.”

Georgia bans nearly all abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy, a measure that was signed into law in 2019 but was held up in court until it took effect after the Supreme Court struck down protections against abortion nationwide. State law allows exceptions for rape and incest as long as police reports are filed.

Abrams, 48, launched his campaign for governor in December. Three years earlier, she founded Fair Fight Action, an organization focused on voter suppression, and she was previously the State House Minority Leader.

Abrams is challenging GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, who defeated her in 2018. When asked if she thought she had a tough climb, Abrams acknowledged she was “the underdog in this race.” , saying that “it will always be the case when you ‘I run against an incumbent.”

Part of his campaign strategy, Abrams said, is to visit voters in more rural areas that are generally known to support conservative candidates.

“We want to harness those votes, but we don’t take those votes for granted,” she said. “And that’s why my campaign has been so intentional to travel the state, to travel to places that aren’t necessarily inclined to support my candidacy as a region.”

Abrams said 53% of the 1.6 million people she helped register to vote in Georgia were Democrats. Much of this community, she said, is “often the most overlooked,” and that’s why she reaches out to them directly.

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