Stacey Abrams has fallen further behind in the polls against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia in the state’s gubernatorial race, a poll conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the University of Georgia showed on Tuesday.
Abrams, who was already five points behind Kemp in a July poll conducted by the same two outfits, has consistently trailed Kemp in every AJC-University of Georgia poll, despite being regarded as a leading authority in the state’s elections since January.
Since she first ran for governor in 2018, Abrams has been regarded as a rising star within the Democratic Party. In that race, she came within 1.5% of beating Kemp, making it the state’s closest statewide election since 1966.
Stacey Abrams claims she “never denied” her loss in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.
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Kemp’s lead this year has been consistent across all major polls, with RealClearPolitics’s polling average placing him 6.6% ahead of Abrams, with over 50% of the vote. Marist College’s poll, which ABC News’s FiveThirtyEight polling tracker gives a grade of ‘A’, shows Abrams losing by as much as 11%, which would make it a “landslide loss.”
Abrams, a black woman and former Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, is seen by many as the “future of the party” given her identity. Her 2018 campaign was heavily supported by television host Oprah Winfrey, who said during a rally for Abrams “if you’re woke just a little bit, you know everyone is not treated equally…[Abrams will] serve the underserved.”
Abrams’s name was widely circulated as a possible vice presidential nominee for then-candidate Joe Biden’s Democratic ticket after, during the 2020 presidential election, he publicly pledged that he would choose a woman as his running mate. Though Biden chose then-Sen. Kamala Harris of California instead, Abrams is credited with turning out black voters in Georgia – the fastest growing demographic in the electorate – leading to Biden’s victory in the state.
A second loss for Abrams in the gubernatorial race would undercut the optimism surrounding her candidacy. Kemp, meanwhile, has sought re-election despite opposition to his candidacy from former President Donald Trump, who opposes Kemp for refusing to alter Georgia’s electoral college votes in the 2020 election.
The AJC-University of Georgia poll surveyed 861 likely Georgia voters between September 5 and 16, and had an error margin of +/- 3.3%.
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