>> 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.
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.
>> 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.
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.
But with surprise Democratic wins in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alabama in the last year, the party is hopeful.