WASHINGTON – Today, the Washington Post published an op-ed from Fair Fight Founder Stacey Abrams, in which she lays out the case for why national Democrats must compete and win in Georgia. Excerpts of the op-ed follow:
“…This week, the nation’s attention turns to Georgia when the Democratic Party hosts its fifth presidential debate at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The choice of location pays tribute not only to the industry’s deepening investment here but also to Democrats’ growing ability to win statewide and the role we can play in helping Democrats reach 270 electoral votes. Georgia is a state Democrats can and must win.
“…over the past decade, Republican margins of victory in statewide elections have declined steadily, from eight points in the 2012 presidential election to five points in the 2016 presidential race and 1.4 points in the 2018 governor’s race. Any clear-eyed review of the numbers makes clear that Georgia is on the precipice of political change. Where Virginia sat a few cycles ago, Georgia sits today.
“…Here in Georgia, our rapidly diversifying population includes the youngest and most heavily African American population of any battleground state. Political participation among voters is increasing here. Among newcomers to the state, who are many, Democrats outperform Republicans by a 30-point margin. Multiple state polls have shown President Trump’s approval underwater in Georgia.
“…I advocated strongly for a Democratic debate to come to Georgia because this is where the fight for our nation will be lost and won. And I am confident the eventual ticket will have Georgia on its mind.”
Read the full op-ed here.