Democratic politician Stacey Abrams thanked grassroots activists, volunteers and voters for helping to make Georgia a “central battleground state” in the elections, while Joe Biden is getting closer to winning his 16 votes.
“Without your faith, this would not have been conceivable. Without your hard work, this would not have been possible,” Abrams said in a video message on her Twitter page. “While we continue to make sure that every vote is counted and every voice is heard, our work is not yet done.
Georgia, thank you. Together we have changed the course of our state for the better. But our work is not yet done.
Join me in supporting @ReverendWarnock and @ossoff so that we can continue the fight and win the US Senateâ¡ï¸https://t.co/JTyH1UVEtd #LetsGetItDoneAgain #gapol pic.twitter.com/qH5ZfmsgI7
– Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7, 2020
Abrams, a former minority leader in the Georgian House of Representatives, further mentioned her support for Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who will both run against Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, respectively, as a runoff election is scheduled in both races.
Since the balance of power in the Senate is now undecided between Democrats and Republicans, the two races in January could determine the Senate majority. Each party has currently won 48 seats in the Senate. (The results of Alaska and North Carolina are still pending, and the Republican candidates have a lead in these races).
The Democrats must turn over at least two more seats and win the White House to gain a majority in the Senate. The two runoff elections scheduled for January 5th could be the answer. The last Democratic senator to win Georgia was Max Cleland in 1996.
“Control of the U.S. Senate will probably come down to these two races,” Abrams said. “This means that access to health care and access to justice are still at stake,” Abrams said.
She added: “We know we can win Georgia. Let’s do it again now.”
Abrams was praised by Democrats for her work in encouraging and mobilizing voters in the Atlanta metro and many predominantly black cities and counties, which should have benefited Biden, who ran just ahead of President Donald Trump on Friday night. The state has not elected a Democratic president since Bill Clinton in 1992.
Abram was a favorite among the national party leaders running for Senate this year, and Biden considered her a candidate. In 2018, she ran against Republican Brian Kemp for Governor of Georgia – the first black woman to win the Democratic nomination for that office. She lost the race by only 55,000 votes, and there were allegations that Republicans had suppressed black votes by purging voter lists.
After Biden took the lead from Trump on Friday morning in Georgia, election workers and politicians thanked Abrams for her hard work.
“There is no such thing as a permanently red state. Thank you for your leadership, @StaceyAbrams!” tweeted former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.
Actress Viola Davis tweeted Abrams on Friday and wrote: “This American citizen would like to thank you with all her heart!
Biden currently leads Trump in Georgia with nearly 4,000 votes, as a small number of absent, provisional and military ballots remain uncounted nationwide. Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger confirmed on Friday morning that there will be a recount in the state.