Stacey Abrams is pretty proud of the turnout for the 2018 Governor’s race in Georgia. On AM Joy this morning she ran down the numbers:
Of course she didn’t win. Therein lies the problem. She’s been running all over the country accusing Governor Kemp, the former Secretary of State, of voter suppression. She has even taken a hardline against conceding that she lost. Which she did.
Most of her rhetoric and that of her supporters revolves around the purging of voter rolls in accordance with state law. Yet oddly, by the time the 2018 General Election rolled around, Georgia had a record number of registered voters. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
A record number of Georgians, more than 6.9 million, are registered to vote ahead of next month’s election for governor, the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office reported Wednesday.
That figure includes at least 253,902 new voters who signed up since the April 24 voter registration deadline for the primary election
Even Tamieka Atkins, the executive director for ProGeorgia, a nonprofit civic engagement group said:
“A gain of 250,000 newly registered voters, that’s a huge amount. It’s proof that this is going to be a truly exciting election cycle. People are engaged,” Atkins said. “People typically register and turn out to vote in presidential election years. Midterm years are typically not as exciting and sexy.”
So Georgia had a record number of voters, with nearly 66% of the population eligible to vote on election day. This is a 1.2% increase from the 2016 General Election which was a Presidential year. And a quarter million of those voters registered between the primary and general elections in 2018.
The African American vote in the 2018 primary was up 43% from 2010. So it would seem Abrams statistics as quoted are in the ballpark. She and her team should be commended for getting out the vote. A ground game like they laid the foundation for is one Republicans will need to learn to counter.
However, if she is to be believed about this accomplishment, she also needs to admit that voter participation went up overall during her contest with Kemp. And that the much-hyped “purge” does not appear to have been a factor. Of course, this runs 100% counter to Abrams nationwide victimhood tour, but she really can’t have it both ways.
I would suggest it is time for Stacey Abrams to apologize to the residents of Georgia. Apologize for creating needless division about an election that was historic in more ways than one. Right after she concedes a race she lost fair and square.