Republicans in the south can be thankful that the Democrats have made the mistake of once again encouraging the unlikable Stacey Abrams to run for a position she has already failed to win in one expensive race. The failed candidate has announced that she will be trying once again to become Georgia’s governor in the 2022 election. Abrams has been considered as a future presidential nominee, despite having no great accomplishments to speak of.
Dems aim to take the south
Frequently described in the adoring mainstream media as a “voting rights advocate,” Abrams has been treated by the Democrats as a key tool for breaking Republican dominance in the south.
The party thinks that Georgia is key to their efforts to shatter the solid south; the narrow 2020 results which emerged from that state seemingly confirmed that Abrams can still win if she tries again.
Stacey Abrams is very much an Atlanta candidate, rather than a Georgia candidate. That doesn’t much matter for Democrats who hope that the city will be all they need to win.
Atlanta has grown rapidly in recent decades, largely due to migrants from California and other liberal states. It would be hard to describe it as a southern city in 2021.
The demographic shift which has occurred in the Atlanta area is one which Democrats hope to emulate throughout the south, ideally ensuring that Abrams and similar candidates won’t even need to bother with winning over rural voters.
Stacey Abrams may not appeal much to most southerners and she certainly isn’t likely to win over any Republicans but if enough Democrat transplants have arrived in Atlanta in the last 3 years she might have a chance.
Stacey Abrams prepares to lose again
There are some indications that this strategy is not as effective as Democrats had expected it would be. Virginia has been a key example of the kind of conversion to solid blue which the party has hoped to accomplish in the south.
Demographics work against Republicans in that formerly conservative state but galvanized voters still managed to elect GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin in his gubernatorial race.
Relying exclusively on the demographic advantage clearly won’t work for Democrats if they have little else to appeal to voters with while Republicans can continue to point to Biden’s abysmal approval ratings.
Abrams herself campaigned extensively for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia and did nothing to stop what turned out to be a stunning defeat for her party.
2022 is projected to be a bad year for Democrats nationally. If the rest of the country goes poorly for Democrat candidates Abrams is unlikely to do much better than her last attempt.
If the south deals Stacey Abrams another defeat in 2022 it may finally put an end to her presidential ambitions; two failed gubernatorial races shouldn’t be enough to qualify a presidential nominee.