Stacey Abrams, a lawyer, author, and politician who served the 180-member Georgia House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017, announced earlier today, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, that she would not be participating in the 2020 United States presidential election, despite rumors having swirled around the political ether in recent months that she would try her hand at getting into the White House after President Donald Trump’s current bid, which is set to expire in Jan. 2021.
To most people outside of Georgia, Abrams became known after she lost a close race to Brian Kemp in the 2018 gubernatorial election for Georgia. Some, including Abrams, believed that Stacey Abrams had lost the race to be governor of Georgia due to voter suppression.
Abrams, a Black woman, felt that Kemp, who was directly responsible for the oversight of the state’s gubernatorial election in 2018 as the acting Secretary of State of Georgia, suppressed potential votes from Black people throughout the state. She filed a lawsuit on the state level in Georgia right after she lost the election, which she came pretty close to winning, as the margin of victory for standing Secretary of State Brian Kemp was only 50,000 votes. That lawsuit was levied against the Georgia board of elections.
Abrams cited a few instances of how voter suppression allegedly took place across the state of Georgia in the lawsuit. One of the main reasons, in Abrams’ eyes, why she didn’t win the gubernatorial race is because the state had deliberately – allegedly, that is – underfunded polling stations and voter registration stations in areas of Georgia that had relatively high populations of Blacks.
Specifically, Stacey Abrams also noted that Kemp threw out https://www.foxnews.com/politics/stacey-abrams-not-running-president-voter-suppression some 670,000 registrations to vote filed by the state’s residents in 2017. Further, some 53,000 voter registration submissions were trashed by the state under the oversight of Secretary of State Brian Kemp just a month before the election took place last year.
Earlier today, Abrams took the pulpit at this year’s International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Convention, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and presented an initiative to combat voter suppression called Fair Fight 2020. Someone close to Abrams claimed that Abrams wouldn’t be running for political office on any level in the next year or two, though Abrams didn’t officially say anything about this topic today.
Fair Fight 2020 will operate in 20 of the most closely-contended states in terms of presidential elections, in which a total of five million dollars will be poured.