Not everyone celebrates Ms. Abrams. Lee Morris, a Republican serving as county commissioner in Fulton County, home of Atlanta, said he viewed Ms. Abrams, a fiery speaker, as “divisive” and drew a comparison between her and Mr. Trump.
“As President Trump’s allegations of fraud and corruption have fueled the right-wing, their efforts have surely sparked people’s enthusiasm to get out and vote,” Morris said in an interview Friday. While Mr Trump’s false claims about rigged elections and widespread fraud are unfounded, Georgia has a long and documented history of voter suppression, especially among color voters.
Ms. Abrams has also at times run counter to members of her own party who criticized her blunt ambition and open desire to be Mr. Biden’s runner-up. In the south, where black politicians are narrow and traditional, Ms. Abrams has also been a disruptive force. Her political vision may run counter to the local democratic establishment, and her shot at national notoriety has disheveled.
However, the political payoff for Mr Biden’s breakthrough in Georgia could stall those tensions. Her popular playbook has taken root – a combination of regaining subway suburbs and registering new voters in black, Latin American and Asian American communities.
Nse Ufot, the current executive director of the New Georgia Project, said election campaigns are often too short-sighted to do the long-term job of registering and educating new voters regardless of party affiliation.
“When you think about the transactional nature of election campaigns, I think they come first when it comes to getting people who are already voters to vote for them,” said Ufot, adding that “not enough conversation Over 100 million eligible Americans passed “who did not vote in 2016. “
Astead Herndon contributed to the coverage.