In #Georgia's gubernatorial primary, #Democrats elected a woman who could become the #first #blackfemale #governor in U.S. #history, but no Republican candidate gathered more than 50% of the vote so the top 2 face a July runoff.
#StaceyAbrams secured the Democratic nomination, becoming the 1st woman to do so. She will face either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Their GOP runoff is scheduled for July 24.
#Abrams beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans in a race featuring 2 former legislative colleagues tussling over ethics accusations & their respective records on education.
In the Republican race, Cagle and Kemp beat three rivals in a race characterized by over-the-top ads, strong support for gun rights and tough talk on immigration. The field was all white men: former legislators, officeholders & businessmen, some with decades of political experience & others positioning themselves as outsiders challenging the establishment.
Cagle garnered national headlines in February when he threatened to kill a tax break benefiting Delta Air Lines, 1 of Georgia's largest employers, for ending a discount program for members of the National Rifle Assn.
Kemp garnered strong criticism — & national headlines — with a series of campaign ads including 1 where he says he has a big truck, "Just in case I need to round up criminal illegals & take 'em home myself." In the ballroom of a downtown #Atlanta hotel, Abrams thanked supporters & outlined her vision for the future.
She drew loud & sustained applause when she told the crowd, "We can repeal campus carry & we can expand HOPE," referring to a law that allows guns to be brought onto college campuses & a popular scholarship program.
Abrams said: "We are writing the next chapter of Georgia's future, where no 1 is unseen, no 1 is unheard & no 1 is uninspired." Happy #WCW!