Who is Stacey Abrams?

On the quest to become the first African-American women to be governor in Georgia, democrat candidate Stacey Abrams makes her way through several stops on the campaign trail. Along for the ride, Abrams was accompanied by newly elected United States Representative of Massachusetts 7th Congressional district Ayanna Pressley and United States Senator Elizabeth Warren. (Video by Ryon Horne)

The Georgia Democrat has been a figure in state politics for more than a decade

Stacey Abrams has been a figure in Georgia politics for more than a decade.

The Yale Law School graduate was elected to the State House in 2006. Four years later, House Democrats elected her at their leader.

In 2018, Abrams ran for Georgia Governor against Republican Brian Kemp.  Abrams built a large national profile as  she sought to become the first black woman elected governor in the nation. Her campaign featured a platform that included boosting public education, the expansion of Medicaid and gun safety She also faced questions over her debt, which includes about $54,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. "You can delay IRS payments," Abrams said. "You can't delay cancer treatments."

Abrams fell short in the election garnering about 49 percent of the vote. That mark was best Democratic performance in a Georgia Governor election since 1998 when Roy Barnes was elected.

After her loss, Abrams was mentioned as a potential challenger to U.S. Senator David Perdue in 2020. She has said she plans to run for office again but is not sure which one.

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