Stacey Abrams—lawyer, civil rights activist, Buffy super fan, and the leader who registered so many voters in Georgia and other states that her efforts likely played a decisive factor in Donald Trump’s defeat last week—plans to run for governor of Georgia for a second time in 2022, according to a report in the Daily Beast. If she runs and wins, she could be the first Black woman governor in American history.
“Stacey Abrams intends to run for governor again,” Wendy Davis, who is on the executive committee of the Georgia Democratic Party, told the Daily Beast. “I think that is a secret to no one.”
In 2018, Abrams ran her first campaign for Georgia governor. Her opponent Brian Kemp was Georgia’s Secretary of State, and his duties included overseeing elections. During the race, Kemp removed registered voters, making it impossible for them to vote in the governor’s election, using a legal voter suppression tactic called “purging” the rolls. In one day in July, months before the election, 8% of registered voters in Georgia were purged. It was part of a pattern for Georgia—between 2012 and 2016, 1.5 million voters were purged. By the final tally, Abrams lost by about 55,000 votes.
Though Kemp became governor, Abrams has refused to concede her loss to this day, arguing that suppression had robbed voters of a truly democratic election. “Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper,” Abrams said, shortly after the election, in 2018. “As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede.”
Abrams was widely expected to follow her gubernatorial campaign with a run for president in the democratic primary. She was popular and ambitious, and thought to be a serious contender. Instead, Abrams—whose career includes such diverse credentials as published romance novelist and tax attorney—did something wholly unexpected. Instead of pursuing her own election, she launched a national voting rights organization, Fair Fight, which pledged to fight voter suppression and insist on free and fair elections in Georgia and across the country.
The results from the 2020 election seem to show that victory has been hers, all along—her organization registered an approximate 800,000 voters, turning Georgia into a swing state and helping to deliver the electoral victory to President-Elect Joe Biden. And Abrams doesn’t seem to have so much as taken a nap since Biden clinched the win. She has already raised millions for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the two Democratic candidates for Senate whose runoff elections in January will determine whether Republicans or Democrats have control of the Senate. “This is going to be the determining factor of whether we have access to healthcare and access to justice in the United States,” Abrams said this week on CNN, of the runoff elections.
A spokesperson for Abrams told the Daily Beast: “Leader Abrams has made no decisions about her political future and is solely focused on electing Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock on January 5.”
But if there’s one thing we know about Stacey Abrams, it’s this: She’s a woman who can multitask.
Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.