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Monday 14 October 2019

Female black lawyer could make history in US election

Candidate Stacey Abrams. Photo: AP
Candidate Stacey Abrams. Photo: AP

Rozina Sabur

Georgia could be set to elect the first black female governor in US history after lawyer Stacey Abrams won the Democratic primary.

She has already made history as both the first black candidate and the first woman to be nominated by a major party in the southern state.

The 44-year-old lawyer will face a Republican candidate in November's high-stakes election. A Democrat has not been elected governor in the deeply conservative state since 2003.

Ms Abrams, who won 75pc of the vote in the Democratic primary, said: "We are writing the next chapter of Georgia's history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired."

President Donald Trump won Georgia, whose capital city Atlanta is a magnet for immigrants from across the world, by just five percentage points in the 2016 presidential race. However, Ms Abrams has suggested she is unlikely to target rural white voters who have abandoned the Democratic party, telling voters that attempts to "convert" Republicans into Democrats had previously failed.

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