Democrats Get The Bad News

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

This won’t be easy for them…

Despite receiving widespread support from her party, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams still trails behind the Peach State’s Republican candidates.

According to a poll conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, if the election took place on the date of the poll, Republicans Governor Brian Kemp and former Senator David Perdue would receive more support than Abrams.

Kemp would receive 48% of the vote and Abrams 41%, according to respondents who participated in the survey. When going head to head against Perdue, Perdue was the favorite with 47% of respondents saying they’d vote for the former Senator compared to the 43% who would vote for Abrams.

Despite her defeat to Kemp in Georgia’s 2018 governor race, Abrams, who once served as Georgia House Democratic leader, announced she would give her bid for governor another shot.

Abrams isn’t running the same race she was in 2018. Instead, she is more popular among her party’s constituents, has released three New York Times best-selling books, and was once considered President Biden’s running mate.

Her supporters also believe her chances of winning Georgia’s gubernatorial election are also spurred by her being the only Democratic candidate who has announced plans to run for governor. Kemp, on the other hand, is facing competition from a string of Republicans, including Perdue and former Georgia state Representative Vernon Jones.

In 2019, Fair Action Fight, a voting rights organization founded by Abrams to address voter suppression, filed suit to challenge Georgia election laws but lost. Her loss has resulted in voting rights becoming a central component of her platform.

Despite her fierce advocacy, Abrams was notably missing from Biden’s speech on voting rights in Georgia earlier this month. The two emphasized it wasn’t a snub by Abrams; rather, it was a scheduling conflict that prevented Abrams from attending.