Former President Obama has endorsed longshot Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia in the Nov. 6 election. She now faces Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who was already endorsed by President Trump last week.
Abrams, an openly lesbian lawyer and romance novelist, is the first Black female to run for governor of Georgia.
"It is a profound honor to receive President @BarackObama’s endorsement," Abrams tweeted on Wednesday. "He knows first-hand that progress isn't always easy, but it is always worth fighting for—no matter who you are or where you call home. Join us: bit.ly/progress-ga #TeamAbrams #GAGov #gapol".
The 44-year-old politician is campaigning on a platform of equality and prosperity for all. She has raised over $6 million for her campaign -- mostly from out-of-state donors. Her opponent, Kemp, has raised only $130,000 in small donations.
Kemp's campaign criticized Abrams for receiving help from out-of-state activists interfering in a local election.
“Stacey Abrams is funded by out-of-state, radical activists who want to turn Georgia into a lawless, losing state like California,” Kemp campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney said. “Brian Kemp is Georgia-grown and backed financially by voters in the Peach State.”