Despite the increasing presence of Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in culture and politics, she has yet to attain her state’s governorship. Abrams believes, ostensibly, that this is due to Georgia Republicans working overtime to implement voter suppression schemes despite her state experiencing trends of increasing voter turnout.
Townhall reported that Abrams recently referred to the state of Georgia as one of the worst states in the U.S. to live in and is subsequently concocting an elaborate damage control scheme.
Reportedly, while on the radio, Abrams said, “I am tired of hearing how we’re the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live.”
The Democratic political icon continued, “Let me contextualize: When you’re No. 48 for mental health, when you’re No. 1 for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that’s on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the No. 1 place to live.”
Abrams also said that she believes the state is “capable of greatness” but that “we need greatness to be in our governor’s office.” She was, of course, referring to herself.
Referring to her potential for leadership, she said, “We need someone who actually believes in bringing all of us in here together.”
Naturally, voters don’t want to hear someone seeking their state’s highest office bad-mouthing the state he or she is seeking to lead.
Despite Abrams’ comments, Georgia is one of the many states in the South experiencing an upswing after receiving an influx of people moving to the state for assorted reasons, including economic opportunity.
According to MSNBC, early voter turnout in Georgia’s recent primary election cycle increased by over 200%, but Abrams is still claiming voter suppression could keep her from attaining office.
Fox News reported that while she was speaking with Joy Reid on MSNBC’s “The Reid Out,” Abrams claimed that there was “no correlation” between record-high voter turnout and less voter suppression. Abrams argued that suggesting this was akin to saying “if more people are in the water there are fewer sharks.”
Dismissing the theory that more voter turnout equaled less voter suppression, Abrams said, “There’sre’s no correlation there. Voter suppression is about blocking or impeding certain types of voters from participating in elections.”
Abrams said, “Right now, Republicans have the most competitive elections, but what we don’t know is what is the mail-in ballot rejection rate? What are the difficulties people are having?”
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger stated that prior to the conclusion of the state’s primary elections, the state set new records for in-person early voting.
Raffensberger’s office announced via press release that 18,567,815 Georgians voted in person, marking a “189% increase from the same point in the early voting period in the 2018 primary election and a 153% increase in the same point in the early voting period in the 2020 primary election.”