Stacey Abrams is joining Georgia's gubernatorial race, again, possibly setting herself up for another contest against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. Abrams, a staunch voting rights advocate, announced her run on Twitter on Wednesday, saying that she's running again "because opportunity in our state shouldn't be determined by zip code, background or access to power."
"If our Georgia is going to move to its next and greatest chapter, we're going to need leadership,” she said in her message.
I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background or access to power. #gapol
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) December 1, 2021
CNN reports the election could be one of the most closely watched races in the country. Abrams and Kemp went head to head in the 2018 election, where she lost to the incumbent by 1.4 points.
According to USA Today, the announcement has been a long time coming for Democrats, who've expected Abrams' comeback for a while. If she wins the race, she stands to make history as the state's first Black governor and the first Black woman governor in U.S. history.
Despite her loss in 2018, her campaign catapulted her image and career, pushing her in a position to give the Democratic response at the 2019 State of the Union address.
She was entertained as a potential running mate for President Joe Biden in the 2020 election. She later turned her focus to support Senate winners Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.
Now that the political climate has changed, it's likely to make the race all the more interesting. Kemp has lost the major backing of Donald Trump supporters that he needed to pull off his narrow 2018 win.
Former President Trump, who was a vocal supporter of Kemp during the time of the gubernatorial election, is now criticizing the governor for not backing him during his claims of election stealing.