Stacey Abrams Becomes First Black Female Nominee For Governor Of U.S.

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Democrat Stacey Abrams is one step closer to becoming a future United States governor. 

On Tuesday (May 22) night, the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives won the  Democratic gubernatorial primary. This accomplishment made Abrams the very first black woman in United States history to win a major party's nomination for governor.

The Hill reports: "Abrams, 44, won support from Democrats across the country and across the political spectrum for her pledge to expand the electorate by driving turnout among younger voters and minorities." Some well-respected Democratic politicians who've previously endorsed Abrams include Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

"The Democratic Party has to reaffirm and actually invest in the voices that are consistently a part of our victories," Abrams said in a previous interview in 2017. "We cannot modify our message and modify our principles to try to appeal to a different community." Abrams will be facing off against a Republican nominee, most likely either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp. 

Abrams' nomination speaks volumes in many more ways than one. CNN reports: "Georgia is still a red-leaning state. No Democrat has won a major statewide race in Georgia since 2006. No Democrat has won a governor's race there since 1998."

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