THIS WEEK, Stacey Abrams became the first African-American woman ever to win a major-party nomination for governor when she beat Stacey Evans in Georgia’s primary. Ms Abrams is a (Bill) Clintonian figure: deeply versed in policy, fizzingly intelligent, ambitious and a superb retail politician. As minority leader in Georgia’s Republican-dominated House, she has worked effectively across the aisle. And she has a compelling personal story: raised in a family of modest means in Gulfport, Mississippi, she graduated from Spelman College and Yale Law School, became Atlanta’s deputy city attorney before she was 30-years-old and has been a legislator since 2007 (she has also written several romance novels under the pseudonym Selena Montgomery).
The primary tested two competing theories of the electorate. Ms Evans, who is white and was raised in rural Georgia, believed she could attract more support in the general election from disaffected Republicans and conservative Democrats. Ms Abrams built the same coalition that carried Barack Obama to victory:...Continue reading