Leaders from Stacey Abrams, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, LaTosha Brown, Nse Ufot, and the credentials of women voters who survived the presidential election, Joe Biden, will still be important to Democrats’ chances of winning the January 5 election.
Sida leaders and managers say years of voter registration at churches and community events, and knocking on doors in the Black and Latino neighborhoods, were lost when Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won Georgia.
And they believe they can do it again.
In the next six weeks, the women said they would use the same strategy other than to reach out to voters outside the general election to help Warnock and Ossoff win their race.
“We have done it before and we will do it again,” said Ufot, CEO of the New Georgia Project, a non-voter registration group founded by Abrams in 2014. The state of this nation. ”
About 5 million Georges went to the polls in the presidential election, including 1.2 million black voters.
According to the poll, 92% of women in Peach voted for Biden.
But political analysts say only Warnock and Ossoff could face a heightened battle as Republican voters in Georgia will become higher numbers for the party election. Their Republican challengers paid them between $ 109.5 million and $ 88.2 million on Friday.
Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University, says Democrats must use their success in the presidential election to motivate voters in the upper house. Part of that strategy requires relying on black women leaders and managers to motivate lower-level voters to vote, Gillespie said.
“It’s really simple, it just makes sure you get the people to turn to the polls,” Gillespie said. “They just have to do the same ground that they have been trying for decades at the end of the last decade, in the hope that they can best change the Republican trend in the election.”
Black women’s organizations get more votes for Biden’s victory in the traditional red Georgia with their efforts to register voters in a colorful community and fight voter suppression with voter education
The path turns blue
Abrams, a Democrat who lost Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018, has been credited with registering about 800,000 new voters in recent years and challenged the state’s electoral system, which allows voters to cast ballots and long lines in ethnic areas.
Abrams and other women recognize Georgia’s growing differences and see the road to a blue state.
The state share of eligible voters increased by 5% between 2000 and 2018, according to the Pew Research Center. The share of Latino voters grew by 3% over the same period. Meanwhile, the state lost 10% of white voters.
“Now, at least we can make sure everyone casts their ballot, so we have two senators (Warnock and Ossoff) to make sure we have a Covid response and we are motivated to come back to Georgia.”
Ufot says she has spent the past six years opening doors, hosting events and sending mass messages to encourage young people and people of color to register and vote. She said the New Georgia program was successful in registering 500,000 voters during that period.
Ufot also urges voters to cast their ballots in the mail and is ready to challenge voter suppression efforts.
“We are entering this wide-ranging eye,” she said.
Brown, co-founder of Atlanta-based Black Voters Matter, has also spent years educating voters in Georgia and other southern states about the importance of voting.
Mr Brown said the turnout, especially among black women, in the presidential election was the result of multiple campaigns led by black women and coalition groups.
The credit is too long
Nikema Williams, who was elected to succeed U.S. President John Lewis in the 5th congressional constituency, says honoring women for holding elections for the Democrats has been a long time coming.
“Women are not just beginning to play an important role in winning elections,” Williams said. “Women are the backbone of the Democratic Party, but what we see now is people who are digging for information and recognizing us for what we have done.”
Ms. Williams said she expects to see continued efforts led by women before the presidential election, including voter registration events, speaking at tragedy conferences and historic colleges and universities, and talking to voters about the electorate. Williams said black women still have to reach out to voters who did not vote in November to convince them that Biden’s victory proved their turnout.
Viola Hardy, a black woman from Marietta, says she is inspired by the work she has done to run for office in Georgia.
Hardy said she took to social media, made phone calls and sent emails asking her friends, family members and neighbors to vote for the upcoming contest.
Without Senate control, Hardy says it would be difficult for Biden and Harris to address issues that affect women, such as abortion rights and equal pay.
“I urge people to do the same thing they did in the general election, go out and vote,” said Hardy, 48, who is actually 48 years old. “We have our first female vice president. If nothing else, show her that we have a voice and that we are speaking out loud and proudly so that she can leave a good legacy.”
CNN’s David Wright contributed to this report.