Social media users have thanked Georgia House former minority leader Stacey Abrams and the late civil rights activist John Lewis after Joe Biden’s vote count exceeded that of Donald Trump in the state.
On Friday morning, Biden Trump currently led with just under 1,000 votes according to The Associated Press election data, with 99 percent of the votes counted. Georgia has not elected a democratic president since Bill Clinton in 1992. Trump must win Georgia to have a chance of re-election.
Since the AP Biden is betting on 264 of the currently required 270 votes, the 16 offered Georgians would put him in the White House. Other decision-making bodies have Biden on offer with 253 votes. Sixteen more for Biden would mean a draw for Trump at best, if the incumbent carries the remaining states. In this case, the next president will be decided in Congress.
After Abrams narrowly lost the 2018 Georgian gubernatorial election to Republican Brian Kemp after losing in a race that was riddled with accusations of voter oppression, he created the non-profit Fair Fight to combat such problems.
Over the next two years, Fair Fight registered an estimated 800,000 new voters. He raised about $32 million by October 2020 to increase the number of registrations. Prior to that, in 2013, Abrams founded The New Georgia Project, which focused on registering minority voters in the state.
On November 2, Abrams discussed these new voters with NPR, saying, “What we are particularly pleased about these numbers is that 45 percent of these new voters are under the age of 30. Forty-nine percent are colored people. And all 800,000 were added to the list after November 18.
Many on Twitter thanked Abrams for her work.
“No matter what happens next… Thank you, Georgia. Thank you, @staceyabrams. Thank you, black people,” twittered author and entrepreneur Arlan Hamilton.
Actress Shannon Woodward wrote: “November 6th was to be the day of Stacey Abrams. I thank you for your tireless work. Wow.”
Twitter user Jaye Newton wrote: “GEORGIA WOULD NOT BE BLUE WITHOUT THE HARDWORK AND DEDICATION OF THIS WOMAN. Give her the roses she deserves.”
People also paid tribute to the former U.S. representative for Georgia’s 5th District, John Lewis, who died on July 17 at the age of 80 after a lifetime of fighting for black civil rights in the state and the United States.
It was noted that it was the Friday morning vote count in Clayton County, part of the 5th District, that helped put Biden in Georgia in the lead.
I am thinking of John Lewis right now and I am very grateful to @staceyabrams for that. https://t.co/raJIGVtvwd
– Alafair Burke (@alafairburke) November 6, 2020
Thank you, @staceyabrams, for your work to protect our democracy.
– Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) November 6, 2020
Thanks @staceyabrams!!!! You are a FORCE of CHANGE for us! Thanks for everything you did for us!! Let us keep this line in Georgia, but right now we are FLIPPIG because of you and it is BIG because of you. Thank you, QUEEN!!! ð¸ð½âð¾â¤ï¸ https://t.co/P2eLEaKkQn
– Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) November 6, 2020
Weâre will win.
I thank you, Jesus.
Thank you, John Lewis.
Thank you, Stacey Abrams.
Thank you, lord. https://t.co/1vgS6zQLUv
– just binta (@batnib) November 6, 2020
As the final votes come in from Georgia and especially from Clayton County, we recall the legacy of 5th-century civil rights activist John Lewis.
– Mike Rann (@Mike_Rann) November 6, 2020
[email protected] message is still true today, just now…..ðð¾ðð¾ https://t.co/NLGO8x1ysx
– Shevrin âCOUNT EVERY VOTEâ Jones (@ShevrinJones) November 6, 2020
Stacey Abrams. John Lewis. Georgia. All the love in the world for you. Love to the voters who just gave the peach state a nice Biden Blue! ð #Election2020 #ElectionResults2020 #TrackingKornacki
– Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) November 6, 2020
“Clayton County voters give Biden the leadership in Georgia. Georgia gives Biden over 270 Ev – they vote for him and defeat Trump. Clayton County is the home county of John Lewis,” tweeted Jesse Ferguson, former deputy national press secretary for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for 2016, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it does indeed lean toward justice.
@Cleavon_MD tweets: “On election day, Georgia honored former Georgian deputy John Lewis by appearing at the polls and voting for @JoeBiden. I know that he was honored with a smile from o