Georgia 2018: Stacey Abrams picks up early support in gov bid

George House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has some early support from national Democrats in her gubernatorial bid.

Jason Kander, the moderate Missouri Democrat who won statewide office in a red state, tweeted his endorsement of Abrams on Monday. The former Missouri secretary of state told his followers “you’re gonna love Stacey” and called her “one of the smartest people I’ve ever met.”

The Atlanta Democrat also will raise cash on Wednesday at a fundraiser hosted by Alexander Soros, the son of the billionaire Democratic mega-donor George Soros – and a favorite foil of Republicans. The event will cost $10,000 to host and $6,600 to sponsor.

Abrams, who formally announced her bid on Saturday, faces Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans in next year’s primary. Abrams’ announcement coincided with endorsements from Emily’s List and Democracy for America in what was meant to be a show-of-force from her nascent campaign.

Abrams spokeswoman Priyanka Mantha said she was looking forward to “continuing the conversation about how we can build a stronger Georgia” with a Tuesday stop in Macon.

Democrats face a tough climb in flipping Georgia, which has been in GOP hands since 2002. Four Republicans are in the race: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams.

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Connie Baggett
Connie Baggett

#MAGA go Trump!! We the people have see true colors of the opposition party

Randy Morris
Randy Morris

Why doesn't AJC polls just go ahead and pick her to win. You haven't been right yet!!!

Laura Spell
Laura Spell

Lord please help us to keep the dems out of our state.

Ruby Polite
Ruby Polite

Rob Danner God works in all ways. It not want you wants. God bless her to win this race. In Jesus name. Amen

Ruby Polite
Ruby Polite

ATL need a change. Democrat all the way.

Ruby Polite
Ruby Polite

SharonHilliker this is not trump country. This is God country. We are on borrow land just passing through. We are not lone on this lane. Read your BIBLE. Any one can be govner. God Bless

Tom Hall
Tom Hall

You are a moron if you support her or any Sorosbot! Keep her out of our governor's mansion!

Brandon Dial
Brandon Dial

Wait, she has former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander on her side?! The nomination is a no brainer then. Folks all over Georgia were waiting for his endorsement

Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson

Nobody is going to tell you how to vote, but take a long look at the almost 20 trillion dollar debt that the Obama Admn. Left. Their personal vacations alone cost the taxpayers approximately ten million dollars. That doesn't even touch their questionable political moves.

Kevin Wheeler
Kevin Wheeler

The debt has been skyrocketing as long as baby boomers have been in power. They have destroyed the economy and the environment for future generations. The debt is not soley Obamas fault. Opinions like yours embarass other republicans. Mentioning vacations and such when Trumps family refuses to live in the White House is also laughable. Stop.

Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson

Kevin Wheeler Honey, you are talking to a war baby who knows the difference in what you are saying and reality. By the way, now that the school year is over both Baron and our First Lady are living in the Whitehouse. I suggest you look at the stats, do the math, and study history. If you have an open mind you just might change it.

Mark Forsling
Mark Forsling

Do Missouri residents get to vote in Georgia?

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JFitzgerald Myers
JFitzgerald Myers

Sheron Hilliker Edge I've noticed in your profile pic you focused in on your "NECK" #REDneck

George Mortensen
George Mortensen

Doesn't have a clue nor does she stand a chance. This is why the AJC is going down the drain. They are not honest.

Mark Faucette
Mark Faucette

Why would a gubernatorial candidate for Georgia need national attention from Democrats? Not many Georgians care what Democrats WITHIN the state say, much less from out of state. It's a local race. The national establishment needs to butt out.

Jack Myers
Jack Myers

Just what we need. Another Soros backed liberal moron.

Ben Bryant
Ben Bryant

Actually, this is about her finances; She gets to keep all of the money that she raises in this effort(grandfather clause).\U0001f923\U0001f923\U0001f923

Lou Edna
Lou Edna

So in 17 yrs what have the republicans done for you. I can tell you, put us in a depression. Watched people lose homes, bail out wall street, bank's. That's what they do.

Polly Walden
Polly Walden

Guess you missed the fact the liberals like Obama and community organizers that used the courts to force banks to not be able to verify someones ability to pay back loans (which in many cases the banks used to their benefit) is what caused the housing crisis crash. It boils down to the fact that you are what is wrong with this country. You cut a deal that you think sounds good and gives you what you want (where someone else is going to have to pay part of what you owe), but then you find out that lesson that there is really nothing that is for free and people are tired of payinf for someone elses free ride to only hear them yll how they desire more. And just because some says they are a republican doesn't mean they are, never heard of rinos? republican in name only? And my last point, after Obama and the clintons it cannot be doubted that the democratic party is the party of treason, so you are left with republican, libertarian or independent.

Nick Crews
Nick Crews

Lou Edna, still using the same old wore out democratic platform that lost the election in November. Keep going!

Nick Crews
Nick Crews

Oh look, Lou Edna resorts to name calling, instead of an intelligent response. Typical.

Lou Edna
Lou Edna

Polly I get nothing free. The house crisis started way before Obama. Plus I vote across all party lines, so don't define me.

Lou Edna
Lou Edna

Nick you just a punk. Shut ya baby pie hole

Terece Sutherlin
Terece Sutherlin

Sam Basye democrats never take responsibility for their own adult lives, it's always someone else's fault I've noticed.

Terece Sutherlin
Terece Sutherlin

Lou Edna if that "punk" votes than he matters as much as you do

Betty Johnson
Betty Johnson

I do believe a Democrat was head of our government for the past 8 years, four of which had a Democratic House & Senate also. He left us about 20 trillion dollars in debt which is much worse than when he took office.

Tiana Kelly
Tiana Kelly

Cue the accusations of partisanship on behalf of the paper for reporting news, followed by racist comments, in 3, 2, 1....

Melissa Page
Melissa Page

No need to announce yourself, Reggie. It's usually obvious who's bringing "the derp."

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

I'd be shocked if she got 40% of the vote

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

No big suprize, first out of the gate promising free stuff. Now the democrat primary will center on who can promise the most free stuff and who hates Trump more. LMFAO

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

I'm sorry, I must have missed where she promised free stuff. Can you please cite it?

Anthony Negri
Anthony Negri

Lynne Latham, She promised free technical college

Lynne Latham
Lynne Latham

What's wrong with free technical college? Even people who can't afford an education deserve the opportunity to learn a trade.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker

AJC........your AGENDA IS why you are flailing and losing readership!!!!!!!

Ralph Grunz
Ralph Grunz

I have not even SEEN a AJC paper in 10 years. Who would read it, and NO ONE COULD EVER BELIEVE ANYTHING IN IT... And that was 10 years ago... they have outlived their party... democrats do not count in georgia

Richard Cowan
Richard Cowan

Not good news I'll bet this is fake news any proof I bet you don't have any