Georgia 2018: John Lewis endorses Stacey Abrams’ bid for governor

WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis endorsed Stacey Abrams on Monday, providing a notable boost to the former Georgia House minority leader’s history-making gubernatorial bid.

The civil rights icon and longtime Atlanta congressman said Abrams, 43, is “the only leader” with “the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families.” He said Abrams’ run represented an opportunity for Georgia to become “a model for our nation.”

Abrams is seeking to become the country’s first black female governor. She faces Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna in next year’s primary to replace term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal.

“Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing this transformative leader, who strives to empower the people she will serve,” Lewis said in a statement.

Abrams has worked to build a strong national following, which was reflected in her most recent campaign filing. She founded a voter registration group, the New Georgia Project, that aims to register hundreds of thousands of left-leaning voters, but it has also come under scrutiny for its tactics and results.

Abrams already had the endorsement of one Georgia congressman, Hank Johnson of Decatur. Former Gov. Roy Barnes has endorsed Evans.

Lewis’ announcement may have a precedent. In the 2008 presidential contest, Lewis had already pledged himself to Hillary Clinton when Barack Obama’s campaign began to take off. Ultimately, extreme pressure from black voters in the Fifth District persuaded Lewis to switch sides.

Abrams is already making an effort to make her campaign a cause celebre. From the Washington Post:

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“Get in Formation,” a campaign launched this week by three black political action committees, hopes to recruit more women like Peoples to pledge their personal and financial capital to help Abrams in her history-making quest. The effort will primarily be run online via a website and social media.

The road ahead for either Democrat will be tough in Georgia, which has been led by Republicans since 2002. Four GOP candidates are in the race so far: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams.

Read more: Georgia 2018: Who is running to be Georgia’s next governor

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FRANKFULLWOOD
FRANKFULLWOOD

John Lewis is a racist period...I did not live in the Atlanta area but i did push for Karen Handle.and I will push much harder because Lewis is backing Abrams another racist to destroy history and do things her way .we need people who is honest and caring for our country .Have we not had enough of their bull either it is my way or no way and all Democrats are for themselves and have to say some Republicans too. It is time we cleaned up our America and put God back into everything to make it a better place to live and for our children. 

Carla Spencer
Carla Spencer

John Lewis is a corrupt racist who needs to be voted to stay home. He can't accomplish anything other than spew hate & division.

Norm Cooper
Norm Cooper

If John Lewis is For Her ............ I am AGAINST her because of John Lewis. Lewis is one of the leading Race Baiters in our time. Would he endorse Stacey if she were White?

Jon Crumbley
Jon Crumbley

So that means that we really shouldn't vote for her!

Ben Wachstein
Ben Wachstein

What did you expect from this stupid racist! Dumbest schmuck in Congress, and that's saying something!

Steven Shimberg
Steven Shimberg

Never happen.She may take the city but the mouthbreathers outnumber informed,educated votet.

Kimberly Reckles
Kimberly Reckles

Thanks John Lewis for telling Georgians who not to vote for

Dan Bridges
Dan Bridges

Another reason NOT to vote for Abrams!

Pebbles Phillips
Pebbles Phillips

I just want to see the state of Ga turn allllll blueeeeee

FRANKFULLWOOD
FRANKFULLWOOD

another liberal snowflake  speaking from hatred or is it following the leader of Obama's Democrats 

Jan Brandon Sheffield
Jan Brandon Sheffield

Haha! Well of course he does! Who else would he endorse? 1 fool endorsing another!

Bobby McCuiston
Bobby McCuiston

well la te da,did we expect anything different. ga needs a lib govenor to claim any improvements over the last eight years. libs equal recession and welfare

Marsha Mcginnis
Marsha Mcginnis

Well...I live in Georgia and I will vote against her and any other democrats......I not a racist.....Lewis and Waters are the one who are racist

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xebinas

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Cosby Butch Smith
Cosby Butch Smith

I can tell the Governor's election is going to be over run by Racism - so tired of this

FRANKFULLWOOD
FRANKFULLWOOD

racism started four years into Obama's  second term the day the flag came down in SC and he hasn't stopped yet even after his eight years ended. as long as he is here stirring up wherever he goes it will remain

Freddie Brown
Freddie Brown

What a surprise!! More of the racist campaigning.

Greg Veal
Greg Veal

and this from a "Racist Pig"

rilmonayde
rilmonayde

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Frank Cicalese
Frank Cicalese

John Lewis is a racist, a bigot, and a political phony. Anyone he supports for any political office he tarnishes their reputation. I will actively support those who run against anyone this fraud represents.

FRANKFULLWOOD
FRANKFULLWOOD

people need to read up on these Politicans ...you would really be suprised I read up on Lewis he should have never been allowed to stay in office but Ga.being Democratic  they allowed it.I came from So.Fl and wish I had chose another state to move to but now I'm here read Lewis history and you will see what I mean



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lecirobe

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Chris Collins
Chris Collins

I'm sick and tired of people caring what black people think. They have never built a great country on their own.

Brenda Schrampfer
Brenda Schrampfer

This is My representative who does not represent my philosophy.

John Woods
John Woods

Commies just love other Commies...

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defafasero

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Carla Young
Carla Young

That's good everybody knows now to vote for the other candidate...

Angela Dawn Selden
Angela Dawn Selden

NO!! Brian Kemp is the right choice for GA. He will be a big help to our President in getting his agenda done! Abrams is all for ILLEGALS and GA does not need that for sure!

James Williams
James Williams

WOW who in the hell is going to endorses Lewis ??? he is a set down in the floor FOOL

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

He endorses her because she's a black democrat.. it's that simple.

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