May 23, 2018

Fusion politics helped Stacey Abrams win in Georgia

Guardian - Abrams was bolstered in particular by African American voters and invested heavily in mobilizing Democrats who do not typically turn up at the polls,,,

Abrams enjoyed support from a bevy of progressive organizations, including Democracy for America, the Working Families Party, MoveOn, EMILY’s List and NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Slate -  While the Democratic establishment tends to favor candidates with cross-over appeal in conservative areas, it was Abrams who received support from both establishment-friendly groups like EMILY’s List and more progressive ones like MoveOn. She also got endorsements from a number of prominent black politicians, including Sens. Corey Booker and Kamala Harris, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis, as well as outside groups like BlackPAC.

Given the historic appeal of Abrams’ candidacy, she is likely to continue to get help from across the Democratic spectrum and should also have a major edge with the state’s high share of African-American voters. ...But it won’t be easy. Georgia isn’t quite as red as it might seem, but it’s still pretty red. A Democrat hasn’t won a statewide election in about a decade, and the state hasn’t voted for the Democratic presidential nominee since Bill Clinton won it in 1992.

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