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The Democratic Party is the party of the four S’s: slavery, secession, segregation and socialism (Quote By Author Michael Scheuer).
years ago, Stacey Abrams came within 55,000 votes
of beating Brian Kemp in Georgia’s gubernatorial
race. The turnout of black voters hoping to elect
the Peach State’s first black female governor
contributed to her impressive numbers.
year, Abrams hasn’t been able to count on that
level of support from black voters, and it’s
showing in overall polling numbers.
poll from the Atlanta
the problem that Abrams is experiencing. The AJC shows
her support among black voters at 79%, which
should be impressive but isn’t quite enough to put
the Governor’s Mansion within reach.
that might appear to be a lofty number, Democrats
typically poll at least 10 percentage points
higher with Black voters, report Anjali Huynh and
Greg Bluestein at the AJC. “Among
Black men, Abrams’ support dips to 75%, with an
additional one-fifth backing Kemp and 6%
has taken to holding rallies to drum up more black
support, including trotting her father out at some
of the rallies.
am not a Black man, but I’ve been raised by one,”
she said, introducing him at one rally, “and I am
always going to say that if Black men stand with
me and vote for me and work with me, we can change
the future of Georgia.”
big problem is that black men are increasingly
standing with Brian Kemp. Take a look at these
polling numbers from this year compared to 2018:
it’s more than just votes.
Kemp has a surprising 30% approval rating
among black voters, which is unheard of for a
Republican in Georgia, and the governor’s black
supporters have valid reasons for approving of
the job he has done.
The AJC quotes
one particular supporter: “’If something isn’t
broken, we don’t need to try to fix it. I agree
with Kemp’s policies and I like where the state is
going,’ said John Francois, an accountant from
Upson County who is among the Black men supporting
Kemp. ‘It’s not really about Stacey Abrams — it’s
more about the governor’s agenda.’”
here’s what’s crazy about it all. Abrams’ campaign
is in denial that her support among black voters
is slipping, even while admitting that black
voters feel as though the Democrats have taken
them for granted.
coming at this in a moment of time when Black
voters feel taken for granted in the Democratic
Party,” campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo told
either complete ignorance or denial of the
numbers, she added, “Black voters we talk to say
Stacey Abrams is different and she’s fighting for
them. And we know when we talk to them, we’ll win
those voters overwhelmingly.”
problem with Abrams is that she only has rhetoric,
while Kemp has a record. Georgia’s economy is
robust under Kemp’s leadership, especially after
Georgia was the first state to reopen its economy
after the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns. Voters
across the Peach State have seen that Georgia’s
voter laws make it easier to vote but harder to
cheat, in spite of the lies that Abrams and other
Democrats have spread. It’s also easy to see
how Abrams’ rhetoric affected minority-owned
businesses when she pushed Major League Baseball
to move the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta.
support is trickling down to other statewide
races, including the Senate race, where former
Georgia Bulldog and NFL star Herschel Walker
has a thin lead over Sen. Raphael Warnock. That
race in particular is interesting to watch since
both candidates are black.
the final few weeks of the campaign, Kemp is
pulling even further ahead of Abrams, and that’s
due in part to his support among black voters —
and men in particular. Of course, the only
poll that matters is the one that takes place on
Election Day, but things are looking good for Kemp
and bad for Abrams.