Democrats, Abrams’ PAC aim to take control of Georgia’s House in 2020

    The Democratic Party of Georgia and the Fair Fight Pac announced Wednesday an effort to raise millions of dollars in an uphill effort to take control of the Georgia House next year.

    Stacey Abrams

    The new fundraising effort, Legislative Victory Fund, is connected to Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.

    Republicans would need to lose 16 of 180 seats in order for the Democrats to flip the House, a tall order. Still, it’s the best chance the Democrats have had to seize a lever of government since the beginning of this century when Republicans overtook their longtime stranglehold on both chambers and the governor’s office.

    Party leaders used Wednesday’s announcement to rail against the GOP’s role in this year’s legislation restricting abortion rights and their ongoing failure to expand Medicaid. 

    State Sen. Nikema Williams, an Atlantan who chairs the Georgia Democratic Party, said Republicans “are running scared” as the elections near.

    “Republicans under the Gold Dome showed their true colors this past legislative session by passing a forced pregnancy bill, jeopardizing Georgia’s economy and ignoring job creators, and wasting taxpayer dollars while failing to expand health care coverage,” Williams said in the news release.

    Abrams founded voting rights organization Fair Fight Action after losing a bid to become governor by about 55,000 votes.

    “Georgia Democrats’ ability to fight for a vibrant economy and quality health care depends on the number of seats we control in the General Assembly,” Abrams said.

    Stanley Dunlap
    Stanley Dunlap has covered government and politics for news outlets in Georgia and Tennessee for the past decade. At The (Macon) Telegraph he told readers about Macon-Bibb County’s challenges implementing its recent consolidation, with a focus on ways the state Legislature determines the fate of local communities. He used open records requests to break a story of a $400 million pension sweetheart deal a county manager steered to a friendly consultant. The Georgia Associated Press Managing Editors named Stanley a finalist for best deadline reporting for his story on the death of Gregg Allman and best beat reporting for explanatory articles on the 2018 Macon-Bibb County budget deliberations. The Tennessee Press Association honored him for his reporting on the disappearance of Holly Bobo, which became a sensational murder case that generated national headlines.

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