Stacey Abrams calls Georgia 'essential' to Democrats’ keeping control of Congress in midterms

Stacey Abrams said key House and Senate races in Georgia are likely to play a decisive role in determining whether Democrats keep their congressional majorities.

WASHINGTON — Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee in Georgia's governor race, said Wednesday that key House and Senate races in her state are likely to play a decisive role in determining whether Democrats maintain their slim congressional majorities this fall.

"Georgia is essential. We know that Raphael Warnock is going to be essential to holding the Senate. We know that Sanford Bishop's race down in the 2nd District can be part of the puzzle to holding the House," Abrams said in an interview with NBC News correspondent Blayne Alexander.

Heading into November, Abrams indicated that issues like abortion, gun violence and the economy are at the top of voters' minds and could boost turnout. While the president’s party typically loses seats in the first midterm elections of a presidency, the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade and former President Donald Trump’s involvement in numerous races have energized Democratic voters in the final months of this election cycle.

"We know that for women in particular, Georgia is going to be vital, because every single state in the South has been on a rampage to make abortion difficult, if not impossible, to get, and having me elected as governor can change the future for women in the state and in this region," she said.

Abrams targets Georgia's 'rural Black belt' in bid for governorSept. 21, 202203:01Abrams described Georgia as having "one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation," but she didn't specify what she could do to change that if elected.

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