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Stacey Abrams reportedly asked Senator Raphael Warnock for help with her campaign nearly two years after she helped him and Jon Ossoff win seats in the U.S. Senate.

Abrams, 48, is still lagging behind incumbent Governor Brian Kemp in nearly every poll.

Polls also show Abrams has less support than Warnock, who is seeking his first full term in the U.S. Senate.

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Abrams and Warnock are pictured bumping elbows in Atlanta in December 2020.

Last week, The New York Times asked Mr. Warnock if he would campaign with Ms. Abrams.

Warnock said he is focusing on his own race, since he is lagging behind former NFL star Herschel Walker in every poll.

"The pundits want to know who I'm campaigning for and who I'm campaigning with," Warnock said. "I'm focused on my campaign."

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The next morning, on August 31, Abrams announced she would join Warnock for a campaign stop that same afternoon.

At their joint rally on Aug. 31, both Abrams and Warnock praised each other.

"We've got a senator in Raphael Warnock who has been fighting to expand Medicaid and serve 600,000 Georgians right here in our state," Abrams told the crowd.

"We need a governor who will expand Medicaid in Georgia. We need Stacey Abrams. We need a Legislature that will expand Medicaid in Georgia," Warnock said, calling her "a visionary leader" and "my dear friend."

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On Sept. 5, Warnock and Abrams joined CIO union members and their families for a Labor Day picnic in Hapeville, Georgia.

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While Warnock campaigned outside, Abrams took a break inside after perspiring heavily in the 90-degree heat all day.

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Stacey Abrams met with drill rapper Lil Baby at a recent sit-down, where she thanked him for his support.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate also met with Quality Control Records co-founder and COO Kevin "Coach K" Lee.

Abrams posted a video of their chat on Instagram.

She captioned the video:

"It was a pleasure to meet with you and hear your story. And I appreciate you taking the time to hear mine. We have an election to win and support like yours reminds everyone that they have a place here too."

Last month, Abrams blamed Kemp for the cancellation of the Music Midtown festival, where rappers Future, 2 Chainz, Denzel Curry, and Key Glock were scheduled to perform.

Music Midtown officials blamed the cancellation on Kemp, saying they couldn't keep guns out of the venue.

Gov. Kemp signed a law legalizing concealed handguns in public without a permit.

Abrams trails behind Kemp by single digits in every poll. She lost to Kemp in 2018 by a 50.2% to 48.8% margin.

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Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (center) also embraced Atlanta's hip-hop community after winning the election in 2018. She lasted only one term in office and now works for the Biden administration.

Watch the video below.

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Stacey Abrams recently held a conversation with about 2 dozen Black men at Fellaship ATL cigar lounge in downtown Atlanta.

The event was hosted by V-103's Big Tigger.

Abrams, a rumored closeted lesbian, promised that, if elected, she will "show up" for Black men when they need her.

"It's not enough to get elected, if you don't do the work," she said. "And so my mission is to not only show up when I need you, but to show up when you need me."

She added: "We need a governor who actually sees our people and has a plan for our success. If you share my belief that justice and safety and prosperity and progress are our rights as Georgians, then please vote for me to be the next governor of the great states of Georgia."

The fellas at the cigar lounge seemed polite and somewhat attentive, but Abrams will need a bigger turnout to carry her over the finish line against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp in November.

Critics note that she never reveals her talking points - other than to call Georgia "the worst" place to live.

Abrams lost by 55,000 votes to Kemp in 2018, and it looks like history will repeat itself in November.

The responses to Abrams' video on Twitter were less than enthusiastic.

One Twitter user wrote: "As a black American man. I will [not] vote for a woman who wants to replace me with illegals."

Another Twitter user wrote, "LMAO. Black men don’t fall for this."

And a third person tweeted: "Abrams doesn’t like black men."

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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue criticized Stacey Abrams after she called Georgia the "worst state" to live in.

Abrams disparaged Georgia during a campaign speech on Saturday.

"I am tired of hearing about how we're the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live in. When you're number 48 for mental health, we're number 1 for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that's on the rise and wages that are on the decline, then you are not the number 1 place to live."

 
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Perdue commented on Abrams' controversial statements at a campaign stop in Dunwoody on Monday.

"Did you all see what Stacey said this weekend? She said that Georgia is the worst place in the country to live," Perdue told the audience. He said Abrams should "go back to where she came from" if Georgia is the worst place to live.

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"Hey, she ain't from here. Let her go back to where she came from. She doesn't like it here," he said.

Abrams was born in Wisconsin and raised in Mississippi. She moved to Georgia while in high school and graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta.

Perdue also criticized comments Abrams made during her failed campaign for governor in 2018.

The former Georgia senator accused the Democratic gubernatorial candidate of "demeaning her own race," according to the NY Post.

"When she told Black farmers, 'You don't need to be on the farm,' and she told Black workers in hospitality and all this, 'You don't need to be' — she is demeaning her own race when it comes to that," he said.

"I am really over this. She should never be considered ... for governor of any state, much less our state — where she hates to live."

Gov. Brian Kemp holds a comfortable lead over Perdue and is expected to defeat him easily in Tuesday's primary (May 24).

Kemp defeated Abrams by 50,000 votes in Georgia's gubernatorial race in 2018. Abrams has yet to concede to Kemp. She insists that the election was stolen from her.

She claims she will accept the results of the upcoming election in November.

Kemp polls consistently higher than Abrams in the 2022 race for governor, according to the NY Post.

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Stacey Abrams calls Georgia the worst place to live in the United States. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate hopes to unseat incumbent Governor Brian Kemp in November.

During a speech on Saturday, Abrams explained why she still wants to be governor of the worst state in the US: "I'm running for governor because I know that we have to have a conversation about who we are in this state and what we want for each other and from each other."

She continued: "I am tired of hearing about how we're the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live in. When you're number 48 for mental health, we're number 1 for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that's on the rise and wages that are on the decline, the you are not the number 1 place to live."

Abrams suggested that she - and only she - can solve the state's problems.

"Georgia is capable of greatness, but we need greatness to be in our governor's office. We need someone who actually believes in bringing all of us in there together. We're going to make sure the state of Georgia does its job. We're going to take care of our people in the state of Georgia."

Abrams later tweeted that Georgia is "#2 in uninsured. #1 in maternal mortality & new HIV cases, #9 in gun violence... For too many, Kemp's Georgia doesn't include them. Why? Because [Kemp Doesn't Care]."

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Gov. Brian Kemp commented on Abrams' statements in response to another tweet.

"Stacey Abrams may think differently, but I believe Georgia is the best state to live, work, and raise a family."




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Stacey Abrams has apologized for requiring school children to wear face masks so she could remove hers for a photo op.

The controversy began when Abrams tweeted a photo that showed her sitting on a floor in a classroom surrounded by schoolchildren who were all masked up while she was bare faced.

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Georgia is one of the red states where face masks are not mandated indoors or outdoors.

Abrams' campaign team allegedly required children and staff members to mask up so she could remove her mask during her visit to Glennwood Elementary School to celebrate Black History Month.

Abrams deleted the image from her Twitter page as outrage and condemnation erupted on Twitter.com.

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Abrams' camp initially blamed "racism" for the public backlash across social media.

"It is shameful that our opponents are using a Black History Month reading event for Georgia children as the impetus for a false political attack," her campaign team wrote in a statement.

But by Tuesday, the 48-year-old Democrat had backtracked and apologized.

"Protocols matter. Protecting our kids is the most important thing, and anything that can be perceived as undermining that is a mistake, and I apologize," she tweeted on Tuesday.

Abrams again admitted she made a "mistake" in an interview with CNN on Tuesday. She said she took her mask off to read to the children at Glennwood Elementary School.

Political pundits and even the liberal co-hosts of "The View" accused the Georgia gubernatorial candidate of violating her own political party's mandate.
 

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Stacey Abrams has announced her second run at becoming the nation's first Black female governor. Abrams still hasn't conceded the 2018 election when she lost by a narrow margin to incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.

Abrams was influential in helping Joe Biden become the first Democratic presidential candidate to capture Georgia since 1992.

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The voting rights activist campaigned for Biden and Kamala Harris in 2020, but sources say she was bitterly disappointed when Biden told her she was not his choice for vice president months earlier.

In a video announcing her "We Are One Georgia" campaign on Wednesday, Abrams said the Democratic Party's "opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn't be determined by background or access to power."

Abrams, 47, said she would provide "leadership that knows how to do the job, leadership that doesn't take credit without also taking responsibility, leadership that understands the true pain that folks are feeling and has real plans. That's the job of governor, to fight for one Georgia, our Georgia."

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In a statement on Wednesday, Kemp, who is running for reelection in 2022, said Abrams was on a "never-ending campaign for power" and linking her to the "failed Biden agenda."

"Her far-left agenda of open borders, gun confiscation, high taxes, and anti-law enforcement policies don't reflect who we are as Georgians," Kemp said.

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A Tennessee football coach was fired after he mocked failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in a tweet, according to ABC News.

Chris Malone, an offensive line coach for Tennessee-Chattanooga, sent the tweet on Tuesday night after the Democrats swept the Senate runoff elections in Georgia.

"Congratulations to the state GA and Fat Albert @staceyabrams because you have truly shown America the true works of cheating in an election, again!!! Enjoy the buffet Big Girl! You earned it!!! Hope the money was good, still not governor!"

Head coach Rusty Wright and athletic director Mark Wharton both issued statements admonishing Wright.

"Last night, a totally inappropriate social media post by a member of our football staff was brought to my attention," UTC athletic director Mark Wharton said in a statement Thursday morning. "The entire post was appalling. The sentiments in that post do not represent the values of our football program, our athletics department or our university. With that said, effectively immediately, that individual is no longer a part of the program."

"Our football program has a clear set of standards," Wright said in a statement. "Those standards include respecting others. It is a message our players hear daily. It is a standard I will not waiver on. What was posted on social media by a member of my staff is unacceptable and not any part of what I stand for or what Chattanooga Football stands for."

Abrams has been mocked by Trump supporters since losing the Georgia governor's race to Brian Kemp in 2018, becoming the first Black woman to run for governor.

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Stacey Abrams dropped the official trailer for her upcoming voter suppression documentary from Amazon Studios titled "All In: The Fight for Democracy."

Abrams maintains she was robbed during her failed gubernatorial attempt in Georgia in 2018. She refuses to concede defeat to Gov. Brian Kemp.

The 102-minute film documents the various voter suppression restrictions and techniques they claim the GOP have up their sleeves.

The Democrats claim the Republicans have voter suppression measures in place to disrupt the 2020 election, including a "war" on the U.S. Postal Service.

From a press release:

Hi there and Happy Monday!!!

We are so excited to share the official trailer for the upcoming Stacey Abrams voter suppression documentary from Amazon Studios titled ALL IN: The Fight for Democracy.

At a time where voter suppression efforts are at an all-time high in this country (especially with the current war on USPS), this documentary couldn't be more timely.

 

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp banned face mask ordinances in the state, saying face masks can't be enforced in any city or county in the state.

Kemp, a Republican, signed a new executive order on Wednesday night extending his previous EO after the state experienced a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

The new order keeps in place restrictions on public gatherings of 50 or more people.

The new order extends social distancing and shelter in place guidelines for nursing home patients and medically fragile.

But Kemp prohibited face mask mandates, saying face mask laws are "too restrictive" and violate the individual rights of healthy people who choose not to wear one.

While lawmakers such as Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in Atlanta have mandated face masks in their cities and counties, Gov. Kemp said the mask ordinances can not be enforced, meaning citizens who don't wear face masks will not be cited or fined.

Mayor Bottoms announced she contracted the virus - despite wearing face masks for months.

Studies have shown face masks increase the risk of contracting the coronavirus because people repeatedly touch their faces.

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams slammed Kemp as "incompetent", while the mayor of Savannah lashed out at Kemp, saying "He does not give a damn about us."

"Every man and woman for himself/herself," said Savannah Mayor Van Jonson, a Democrat. "Ignore the science and survive the best you can. In #Savannah, we will continue to keep the faith and follow the science. Masks will continue to be available!”

There were nearly 4,000 "confirmed cases" of coronavirus in Georgia and almost 2,800 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19.

But some residents on Twitter complained that their loved ones are being tested "multiple times" - with each positive test counted as a new case.
 

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Russell Simmons claims a reliable inside source told him Joe Biden has already picked Stacey Abrams as his running mate.

Biden's camp announced a selection committee that will vet all of his choices for VP and that an announcement would be made in July.

But Simmons told his 1.6 million Instagram followers that a "very reliable top inside source" told him Biden chose Abrams as his VP.

"America's next VP From a very reliable top inside source... Great news," Simmons, 62, wrote in the caption of a photo of Abrams.

The failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate has made several public appearances as she shamelessly advocated to become Biden's vice president.

Abrams was a potential top pick along with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Abrams, 46, will launch the New Hampshire Democratic Party's virtual state convention on Saturday.

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Joe Biden's team suggests that his choice for vice president won't be a Black woman. According to Politico.com, Biden's presidential campaign announced their VP selection committee on Thursday. The four-member committee is majority Caucasian.

The committee which is tasked with vetting Biden's VP choice includes Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Biden's longtime friend and Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and former White House Senate counsel Cynthia Hogan.

The only Black person on the committee is Delaware congresswoman Lisa Blount Rochester. Biden says he hopes the vetting process will be completed by July.

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Rumors are running rampant that Biden has already made his choice: Hillary Clinton who enthusiastically endorsed him earlier this week.

Stacey Abrams, who initially stated she did not want the VP job, changed her mind after she heard Biden's announcement that he would choose a woman.

The failed gubernatorial candidate has been campaigning ever since for the VP pick -- even though political strategists frown upon any candidate campaigning for vice president.

South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who has advocated for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms as VP, seems to have his doubts.

When asked by MSN if having a Black woman on the ticket is a must, Clyburn said. "I'm among those who feel that it would be great for him to select a woman of color. But that is not a must."

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Stacey Abrams escalated her pressure on Joe Biden after rumors swirled that he will pick failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his running mate in July.

After losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump, Clinton has positioned herself to be president of the United States after all.

On Tuesday, Clinton enthusiastically endorsed Biden, whom many say has senile dementia.

According to Politico.com, Abrams "has been privately calling Democratic power brokers, asking them to tell Biden campaign officials that she should be vice president..."

In numerous interviews, Abrams, who unsuccessfully campaigned for Georgia governor, has said she "would be an excellent running mate" for Biden.

Unlike other candidates, Abrams, 46, has loudly campaigned for the VP job.

Some political insiders say Abrams' behavior appears "desperate." They say her actions are an unprecedented and shameless attempt to shoehorn her way into the White House.

According to Politico, "overt campaigning for the vice presidency has traditionally been frowned upon".

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, another candidate for VP, said "You don't run for that. That is a selection of the top of the ticket, and everyone else should be just busy doing their jobs."

Democratic strategists say Abrams lacks foreign policy experience, but Abrams has cited her "independent study" of international affairs as a qualification for the role of VP.

Her only political experience includes being minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives.

Abrams stubbornly refuses to concede the governor's race to Gov. Brian Kemp after losing the race by 55,000 votes in 2018.

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Stacey Abrams says America "can't survive another four years with Donald Trump" in the White House.

The failed gubernatorial candidate disparaged President Trump during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"Vice President [Joe] Biden has done this job," Abrams said. "He knows what he needs to do to win and what he needs to do to help our country recover from four years of incompetence and chaos."

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Abrams went on to say she believes Biden will make the right choice in picking a woman of color -- specifically her.

She said Biden choosing a woman of color for VP would promote "trust" with the Black community. "Women of color are the strongest part of the Democratic Party."

But Black people are wary of Biden's racist past and reports that he suffers from senile dementia.

"I want to make one thing very clear," said Abrams, "Joe Biden enjoys the trust of communities of color, and he will take no one for granted. I believe he will make the right choice based on what he understands and what his team recommends that he do."

She added, "Vice President Biden understands how critical this election is. With four decades of experience, he also knows the tricks Republicans will use to block change. We can't survive another four years with Donald Trump, and that's why my organization, Fair Fight 2020, is working nationally in 18 states to ensure that we have a president who actually believes in and trusts the American people."

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According to OAN News, Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to endorse Abrams for VP later this week.

Sharpton believes Biden needs help "connecting" with Black voters. He cites Abrams' ability to drive voter turnout as her greatest strength.

"I've said openly that there are Black women that can be on that ticket..." said Sharpton. "I'm excited about Stacey Abrams, who I think brings a lot to this country."

The hashtag #DropOutBiden trended on Twitter over the weekend, driven by the #MeToo movement and progressives who believe Biden's accuser Tara Reade was sexually assaulted by Biden in 1993.

CNN quietly deleted a 1993 episode of Larry King Live from Google's play store that featured Reade's mother calling in to the show to say her daughter had "problems" working for a "prominent senator".

The woman said her daughter did not want her to go to the press out of respect for the unnamed senator.

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Joe Biden will begin vetting his choices for vice president when he forms a selection panel on Friday, May 1.

Biden backed himself into a corner when he vowed he would pick a female as his running mate. He has been under intense pressure to pick a woman of color.

Biden's short list of female candidates includes Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, California Senator Kamala Harris and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

Abrams is eager to be the country's first Black and female vice president. The failed gubernatorial candidate gave Biden an ultimatum: either pick me, or lose the Black vote.

"I would be an excellent running mate," Abrams insisted in an interview with Elle magazine last week. "I am prepared and excited to serve."

On Wednesday, Abrams went from suggesting herself as vice president to making threats if Biden doesn't choose her.

During an appearance on ABC's "The View," Abrams said she was "concerned" that Biden might not pick a Black woman.

"Women of color, particularly Black women, are the strongest part of the Democratic Party. The most loyal. But that loyalty isn't simply how we vote, it's how we work," she said.

Abrams added that the 77-year-old Biden risks losing the Black vote if he doesn't pick a Black woman.

Abrams, 46, is certainly the liberal news media's choice for VP by far.

"Everybody knows you're extremely qualified," Gayle King told Abrams on Tuesday.

Abrams was unable to convince Georgians to elect her as their governor in 2018. She still refuses to concede the race to Gov. Brian Kemp.

Are Americans ready for a Black female president if Biden, who reportedly has dementia, suddenly dies or becomes incapable of performing his duties as president?
 

FYI: An earlier version of this post said Biden will announce his VP pick on May 1. In fact, he is expected to form a selection panel to vet his VP choices on May 1.