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Democratic voters in Georgia nominated a candidate on Tuesday who could make history as the first African-American female governor in the United States.
Stacey Abrams won her party's nomination in a closely watched race showcasing divergent Democratic strategies on how to win in a Republican-dominated southern state.
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Georgia Democrats were set to nominate a woman for governor either way, with Abrams and Stacey Evans battling it out in a pitched primary fight.
But the 44-year-old Abrams stood out in her bid to be the nation’s first black female governor.
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The Atlanta attorney and former state General Assembly leader also has been unabashed in her insistence that the way to dent Republican domination in Georgia isn’t by cautiously pursuing the older white voters who’ve abandoned Democrats over recent decades.
Rather, she believes the path is to widen the electorate by attracting young voters and nonwhites who haven’t been casting ballots.
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She’ll test her theory as the underdog against either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who will meet in a July runoff.
Cagle led a five-man Republican field, with Kemp qualifying for the second spot after a campaign that was a sprint to the right on everything from immigration to support for President Donald Trump.
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Kemp promises to keep pulling in that direction, with Cagle trying to balance the demands of a conservative primary electorate with his support from the business establishment.
The scenario worries some Georgia Republicans who are accustomed to centrist, business-aligned governors who rarely flout Atlanta-based behemoths like Delta and Coca-Cola.
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Some GOP figures worry the GOP gamesmanship on immigration and gay rights, in particular, already has ensured Georgia won’t land Amazon’s second headquarters.
Abrams was among a slate of candidates being selected by voters in four states to advance to the November midterm elections.
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