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Georgia 2018: Abrams gets backup from progressive powers

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia 2018: Abrams gets backup from progressive powers

By Greg Bluestein

Democrat Stacey Abrams bid for governor has gotten some reinforcements from her party’s progressive wing.

The Working Families Party, a national progressive advocacy group, on Tuesday endorsed her bid for higher office. And MoveOn.Org said a majority of its members – about 83 percent – voted to back Abrams’ campaign.

Abrams, a former state House minority leader, faces former state Rep. Stacey Evans in next year’s primary. The two are already divvying up support from Democratic powerbrokers as they race to try to flip Georgia for the first time since 2002.

The Working Families Party has sought to play a more influential role in state and local races, and endorsed the new mayors of Birmingham, Charlotte and New Orleans in this month’s elections. It has also backed dozens of other city and state candidates.

“Americans are hungry for leaders who will put government to work for all working families,​ instead of doling out goodies to campaign donors,” said Dan Cantor, the party’s national chair. “Stacey Abrams ​is one such leader with integrity and a commitment to fairness for all.”

The public backing of Abrams is one of the party’s earliest endorsements in the 2018 cycle, and officials said the group would work to raise small-dollar donations for her campaign. The group also weighed in on the Atlanta mayor’s race, backing former state Sen. Vincent Fort’s campaign.