On late Tuesday night, Stacey Abrams made history, becoming the first Black woman in U.S. history to win a major party primary for a formidable bid for governorship.
Abrams defeated Stacey Evans, a former state legislator, in the Georgia primary by a landslide victory with 72 percent of the vote.
Abrams will now gear up for battle against Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp in November.
The Republican candidates Cagle and Kemp will run for their party’s nomination in a July runoff.
The Collective PAC, a national organization seeking to increase the number of progressive, Black candidates running for office on the local, state and federal level released a statement congratulating Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on a hard fought primary election win.
“The Collective PAC congratulates Stacey Abrams on making history as she becomes Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor,” said Stefanie Brown James, the PAC co-founder. “We endorsed Stacey’s vision for a more progressive Georgia, and support her efforts to make the state a place where all Georgians can realize the American dream.
“Tonight’s results exemplify that Stacey Abrams has a path to winning in November, and by doing so she’ll become the first female, African American governor in the history of the United States,” she said.
“This is a prelude of what’s to come this year if progressives and Democrats invest in and fully support candidates of color.”
“Black women, who are the backbone of the Democratic Party, have proven that we can win not only at the ballot box but on the political playing field as well. The blue wave of 2018 must be an inclusive wave and with Stacey Abrams, we’re one step closer to turning Georgia blue in November.”
Abrams a 44-year-old lawyer, author and politician, served in the Georgia General Assembly for over 10 years before making her historic bid in a state known for its contentious relationship with Black voters.
No stranger to breaking barriers Abrams became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives.
An alumna of Spelman College, University of Texas at Austin and Yale Law School, Abrams holds a budding career as a novelist with reportedly over 100,000 romance novels sold under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery.
Abrams has also seen success as co-founder of NOW Account — a financial services firm that helps the growth of small businesses along with a legal consulting firm.
According to her campaign Abrams said she has a vision for Georgia where equality fosters prosperity, and where everyone has the opportunity to succeed — not just survive.
Quality care for children from the cradle to career, criminal justice reform and a fair and diverse economy are at the top of her platform.
According to reports by the New York Times Abrams acknowledged the general election would be tough and cast herself as the candidate representing “the Georgia of tomorrow.”
Speaking later to supporters at a Atlanta hotel, Abrams asserted that “we are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s history where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired.”