Stacey Abrams and Michelle Nunn both won their primaries for the state’s 89th House District and the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, respectively, last Tuesday night. Stacey’s primary was unopposed, but Michelle’s win last Tuesday symbolized a rising political shift in a state that is ready to turn blue. If elected, Michelle would be a pick-up for Democrats in the Senate and she would be the first female U.S. Senator from Georgia.
First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey is the first woman and the first African American leader of the House Democrats. As an observer of government, Stacey realized how important it was for people to have a voice in their political system. A fierce and independent advocate for her community, Stacey has a strong sense of obligation to help her community. She believes that “[she] had to speak truth to power if she wanted power to respect [her].” Stacey is always ready to fight for what she believes in and she’s ready for a fight for Georgia this November.
Contrary to popular belief, Georgia's tipping point is not in 2020 but in 2014. Stacey and Georgia Democrats have plans laid out to chip away the Georgia Republican supermajority starting with Michelle Nunn running for U.S. Senate. Michelle Nunn, the former CEO of Points of Light Foundation, the largest volunteer service organization in the country, is the Democrat’s best chance to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate. In addition, Michelle’s Senate race will be a chance for Democrats to harness the growing multiracial voter majority in Georgia to secure a win for Georgia Democrats.
Georgia Democrats want to basically turn their state into the next Virginia, where People of Color can elect Democrats into office. PowerPAC+ believes it can be done. As PowerPAC+ Senior Advisor, Kirk Clay tells our team in a recent Political Intelligence blog “Black Voters Can Save the Senate," Democrats need to replace “the decline of white progressive voters with a surge of voters of color.” Clay goes on to say that “[Georgia Democrats] can’t allow African American voter turnout to drop 3-5% [if they expect win in November].” If Democrats can turnout voters of color and pull in maybe 30 or 31 percent of whites, they can elect Nunn into office.
And they must be doing something right. In the first poll out since the primary election, Michelle leads both of her potential GOP opponents in the Georgia Senate race. As Stacey and Michelle look on to the general election this November, they'll need our support now more than ever.