Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced Wednesday that she supports Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who could become the first African-American woman nominated for governor by the Democratic Party.
"Stacey Abrams is a leader who believes that Georgia's potential is limitless if we work together to uplift every family," Harris said in a statement, according to BuzzFeed News.
"From her efforts on criminal justice reform and voting rights to blocking Republican attempts to undermine the economic security of working families, Abrams has a proven track record of achieving progress."
Abrams, a former state representative, has also won the endorsements of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., EMILY's List, and Planned Parenthood, among others. Her only opponent in the Democratic Party primary is former state Rep. Stacey Evans, according to Ballotpedia.
While Abrams has more support among nationally-known Democrats like Lewis, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Evans has far more support among current members of the Georgia state house.
"Now is the time for Democrats to stand together and support candidates who have a clear vision and real plans for how we can move our communities and our nation forward — Stacey Abrams is that kind of leader," Harris added.
"I am deeply honored to have Senator Harris' support," Abrams told BuzzFeed in a statement. "Her work to champion criminal justice reform, health care access, and fight for justice for homeowners against the big banks, is essential to fostering progress in her home state, and across the country.
"I look forward to working alongside Sen. Harris to build a Georgia where every family has the freedom and opportunity to thrive."
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