In the Democratic primary in Georgia’s gubernatorial race, Stacey Abrams has won to become the state’s first female nominee for governor from either major party.
If Abrams wins the general election in November, she’ll become the first black female governor in the U.S.
The former state House minority leader, Abrams beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans in Tuesday’s race. Both are Atlanta-area attorneys. The race was characterized by a battle over their legislative records on education.
Abrams is a celebrated romance novelist who made economic mobility and affordable health care cornerstones of her campaign. She garnered major party endorsements from Hillary Clinton, congressman John Lewis and Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Abrams would succeed Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has held the office since 2011 and is term-limited.