According to most reports, Stacey Abrams is struggling in her second bid for the governor’s seat in Georgia. While it seems she has the Black female vote wrapped up, Abrams herself has said she needs Black men to vote her in.
Some have taken this as Abrams blaming Black men for her low polling. Abrams has been trailing her Republican rival, Gov. Brian Kemp, by five points consistently.
“Democrats blaming Black Men for Stacey Abram’s low polls against Brian Kemp forget one thing: We don’t owe the Democratic Party a damn thing. The Democratic Party owes us, and we don’t see a return on our previous investments,” he tweeted.
In a separate video said, Democrats don’t like to give Black men “any props, any power and say you know what if it wasn’t for these…Black men we would lose. But they love giving it to Black women and pitting Black men and Black women against each other…That’s what they like to do and that’s what I have a problem with. This is bigger than Stacey Abrams…Stacey Abrams is very talented, very intelligent.”
She has lost some ground with Black men, who provided crucial backing in her narrow loss to Kemp in 2018, The New York Times reported. She knows she must get Black men on her side and out to the polls on her behalf.
“If Black men vote for me, I will win Georgia,” Abrams said during a campaign event titled “Stacey and the Fellas” at Forks & Flavors, a Black-owned eatery in Cobb County. The event was to help her connect with Black male voters.
She had trouble attracted the Black male vote in her first run as well. In 2018, Abrams lost to Kemp by less than 1.5 percentage points despite garnering 97 percent of the Black female vote and 88 percent of the Black male vote.
Abrams is most well known for turning the solidly red state of Georgia blue during the 2020 presidential elections. She worked to register and turn out Democratic voters, and helped fuel President Joe Biden’s victory in 2020. The Nov. 8 election day will see if Abrams can pull out her Dem magic again.
Stacey Abrams speaks at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona, Oct. 12, 2021. Photo by Gage Skidmore, https://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Tim Black, Twitter @RealTimBlack