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Black women helped push Democrats to the finish line in Georgia. Here's how they can do it again

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As the nation eyes Georgia with its pair of upcoming US Senate runoffs, a victory for Democrats could hinge on the same Black women who helped flip the state blue in the presidential election.

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)As the nation eyes Georgia with its pair of upcoming US Senate runoffs, a victory for Democrats could hinge on the same Black women who helped flip the state blue in the presidential election.

Black female leaders and organizers say years of voter registration drives at churches and community events, and knocking on doors in Black and Latino neighborhoods paid off when Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won Georgia.

In the next six weeks, Black women said they will use those same strategies in addition to reaching voters who sat out of the general election to help Warnock and Ossoff win their races.

Abrams, a Democrat who narrowly lost to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018, has been lauded for registering some 800,000 new voters in recent years and challenging the state's election system that allowed voter purges and long lines at predominately Black precincts.

Georgia Democratic State Sen. Nikema Williams, who was elected to succeed the late US Rep. John Lewis in the 5th Congressional district, said the credit given to Black women for delivering elections to Democrats is long overdue.

Williams said she expects to see a continuation of efforts led by Black women ahead of the presidential election including voter registration events, speaking at sorority meetings and historically black colleges and universities, and talking to voters about what is at stake in the election.

Viola Hardy, a Black woman from Marietta, said she is inspired by the work Black women have done to turn out voters in Georgia.

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