The last time that a Democrat won a statewide office in Georgia was in 2006, so Stacy Abrams is certainly bucking a trend.
The guy she is running against, Brian Kemp, is the current secretary of state, which means he oversees the election for governor. Conveniently, that's exactly the office in running for.
(can you say, "conflict of interest?)
Kemp has put a hold on 53,00 voter registrations (70% of whom are black voters).
As result, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams' campaign is calling on Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp to resign following a report his office is using a controversial verification law to effectively suppress the minority vote in their race to become the state's next governor.
Kemp has also come under fire from voting rights advocates for canceling more than a million "inactive" voters from Georgia's rolls since becoming the state's chief elections officer in 2010. The practice was upheld by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling in June. The state purged a total of 1.5 million voters between the 2012 and 2016 elections, according to a report from the Brennan Center for Justice.
The "exact match" system was used by Kemp's office from 2013 to 2016, during which nearly 35,000 applications were rejected, with minorities disproportionately affected, according to a lawsuit that was settled in 2017. That agreement seemed to put an end to the practice, but the GOP-held legislature quickly embedded it in new legislation.
Republicans, of course, have been engaging in this nonsense for a long time.
In 2012, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (the guy who oversees elections) was also the co-chairman for the presidential campaign for Mitt Romney. I asked him to resign, but this was his response :
Similarly, in 2004, Ohio's secretary of state, Ken Blackwell, also served as the co-chair to re-elect George W. Bush.
Ohio, if you remember, was THE swing state that gave George W. his second term of office.
Truth be told, Bush was never a legitimate president, since he literally STOLE both elections.
We all remember the "hanging shards" from the 2000 election, but few people remember that Michael Connell, a top internet Republican strategist, who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in the 2004 election died in a mysterious plane crash.
Somehow, this reminds me of an episode of "the sopranos"