The Wall Street Journal: Stacey Abrams eyes history after win in Georgia gubernatorial primary

Stacey Abrams won Georgia’s Democratic primary for governor Tuesday, setting her up for a general election in which she is bidding to become the nation’s first black woman elected governor.

The Associated Press declared Abrams, a former minority leader of the Georgia state House, the winner in the intraparty contest against Stacey Evans, a former state representative. She is the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor anywhere, according to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University.

Abrams, in her victory speech to supporters in Atlanta, noted the historic nature of her candidacy. “I am so grateful to the thousands of you in this room and around this state and around the country who have joined me on this drive to history,” she said. “We are writing the next chapter of Georgia’s future where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired.”

The Republicans are headed to a July runoff election after none of the six candidates running took 50% of the GOP primary vote. The runoff will pit Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle against Brian Kemp, the Georgia secretary of state, according to the AP.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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