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>> Democratic voters in Georgia for the first time nominated a black woman to run for Governor on Tuesday.>> We are writing the next chapter of Georgia's future, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard, and no one is uninspired.>> Stacy Abrams is a Yale Law School graduate, a former leader in the Georgia State House with a liberal track record.
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The primary race seen as a test for the direction of the Democratic Party. Abrams defeated Stacy Evans, another former Georgia state legislator who ran on a more centrist platform. Evans quickly endorsed Abrams in the general election.>> We are here to ensure that everyone who calls Georgia home has the freedom and opportunity to thrive to live their very best lives.
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>> But Abrams faces long odds in November. While Democrats have strong party support in cities such as Atlanta, the Deep South hasn't elected an African-American Governor since reconstruction. Democrats elevated women in other primary races as well.>> Can you believe this?>> No.>> Voters picked former fighter pilot Marine Lieutenant Colonel Amy McGrath to run for Kentucky's 6th Congressional District.
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McGrath's victory came despite the National Democratic Party's support for her primary opponent, the mayor of Lexington.>> You built a grassroots movement here in Central Kentucky that's never been seen before.>> And in Texas, Democrats picked Lupe Valdez to run against Governor Greg Abbott. A gay Latina former sherrif, Valdez is seen as a long shot in the conservative Lone Star State.
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But with surprise Democratic wins in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alabama in the last year, the party is hopeful.