Nothing is over until it’s over, and strange things happen in hotly contested elections. But it appears that Democrat Stacey Abrams is headed to another defeat in her second bid for Georgia governor, and she is assembling a list of culprits to pin the blame on.
In 2018 it was the state’s mythical “voter suppression” that caused her to fall short by less than 60,000 votes to Republican Brian Kemp.
This narrow defeat, however, propelled Abrams to liberal stardom even in the wake of her pioneering efforts at election denial.
You have to wonder where Stacey Abrams and Beto O'Rourke's funding is coming from? WEF?
Factoid: Neither Stacey Abrams nor Beto O'Rourke has EVER led in a poll this entire race. Combined, they have raised (and will spend) around $150,000,000 this year. https://t.co/f8W3hzNZMT
— Connie Bevan (@realConnieBevan) November 2, 2022
Appearing on MSNBC, the Democrat explained her falling support among Black voters on males. She declared that Black men have been a “very targeted population for misinformation.
She claims that the misinformation is not concerning what they want, but “why they want what they deserve.”
Perhaps her angst comes from a comparison of numbers tallying her base of support in 2018 to today. In her first run for the governor’s mansion, exit polling showed as much as 94% of the Black vote went her way. But the latest Marist poll revealed Abrams now garners 82% of the Black vote.
These numbers are a glaring example of how far Abrams has fallen since her narrow 2018 loss. Her status after that defeat rose to where there was speculation swirling over whether then-candidate Joe Biden would choose her as his running mate for 2020.
That prospect evaporated, but when Biden flipped the Peach State to Democrats, many saw a clear road for Abrams to the governorship.
But that was then. Poll after poll shows her trailing Kemp, the former Georgia secretary of state who became a popular and pro-business incumbent. The latest Data for Progress survey showed Abrams trailing by 10 points, and others reflect a deficit in the high single digits.
As FiveThirtyEight noted, Abrams in 2018 ran for an open seat, not against a proven incumbent. The polling aggregate now gives Kemp a 9-in-10 chance for reelection.
Despite Abrams’ argument that Black men are targeted for disinformation, blame for her lagging performance likely may be assigned to what is ailing Democrats across the nation.
It’s inflation and the economy, and she is trying to unseat a governor who has brought enormous job-producing industries to the state. Democratic failures and an opponent who has proven himself are lining up to defeat Abrams, not disinformation or voter suppression.