Abrams beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans in a race featuring two former legislative colleagues tussling over ethics accusations and their respective records on education. Republican candidates for the open seat for governor will spend the next two months battling it out in a runoff, since neither Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle nor Secretary of State Brian Kemp got a majority of the vote in their crowded primary on Tuesday.
"We are writing the next chapter of Georgia history, where no one is unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired", said Abrams, a 1995 graduate of the historically Black women's college in Atlanta.
No surprise: Republicans think Democrats' focus on Georgia is a waste of time and a pipe dream.
Within the Democratic Party, racial divisions are simply less compelling than they once were, even as minority politicians are taking a more active and visible role. During the 2014 midterm elections, only 41 percent of black registered voters participated in the state's elections.
Evans, through her loss, was supportive. Attorney General Thurbert Baker actually ran to the right of former governor Roy Barnes (who himself ran behind African-American Andrew Young in a 1990 gubernatorial race won by Zell Miller) in the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, and lost. The former state General Assembly leader also has been insistent that the way to dent Republican domination in Georgia isn't by cautiously pursuing the older white voters who've abandoned Democrats over recent decades. Fletcher will face John Culberson in this district where Clinton narrowly won in 2016.
Democrats would need to flip 24 seats to seize the chamber. Democrats had runoffs in both of those districts: Sessions will face Colin Allred, and Hurd will face Gina Ortiz Jones. "It's very clear that people are looking for more women". The most optimistic among them say she can pull out a win if she does everything perfectly for the next six months. McGrath raised big money off of an early viral ad and was able to maintain that momentum through the primary. She was also possibly buoyed by the surge in female candidates across the country. She'll have more time to establish name identification and fundraising she lacked this round due to her late entrance into the race (making her performance impressive).
Ms Abrams has come under scrutiny for lending her campaign $50,000 (£37,000) while she owed $50,000 in back taxes, financial disclosures showed. The DCCC haphazardly intervened in this primary raising its profile and likely giving the Moser campaign the wind it needed to make the primary.
One of the moving parts in this development was explained by Sean McElwee in a New York Times op-ed this week: white Democrats are becoming not only more progressive, but more responsive to the kinds of racial-justice concerns their fellow Democrats from minority backgrounds care about. But Ms. McGrath had a different and plainly more powerful appeal as a political newcomer, and she entered the race with a splashy online video that dramatized her military career and electrified Democratic activists in Kentucky and beyond.
Mr Clarke Tucker, a state representative, defeated a handful of more liberal challengers to win the nomination, avoiding a run-off. She also had more experience registering voters than Evans did, after having served as the director of the New Georgia Project that registered thousands of black, Latino and Asian-American Georgia residents who usually don't vote. French Hill in the only closely-watched race in the state. Last week in Pennsylvania, a large state with no women in its 20-member congressional delegation, seven women won Democratic primaries.