A Georgia Democrat hasn’t been elected governor since the last time the Washington Capitals made the Stanley Cup Finals. The D.C. hockey team broke that 20-year losing streak Wednesday evening. Peach State Democrats hope this can be their year too.
The nomination of former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams on Tuesday kicked off another test of whether the Democratic Party’s statewide prospects are improving. She intends to capitalize on a favorable environment, the national name she’s made for herself, and the potential turnout boost that her place in history could provide among the state’s burgeoning minority population.
Abrams didn’t run as a moderate in the primary, which she won with 77 percent. Neither did her two potential Republican opponents, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who raced to the right to make the July 24 runoff.
Democrat Michelle Nunn benefited from a late Republican runoff in 2014, which forced now-Sen. Dave Perdue to quickly replenish his resources for the final sprint. Despite that, both Nunn and governor nominee Jason Carter lost by nearly identical 53-45 percent margins in what was a good year for Republicans nationally.
— Kyle Trygstad