While their midterm election losses by the narrowest of margins were a major letdown for their campaigns and supporters, both races also showed how perhaps with more support from the Democratic establishment and less voter suppression — a major factor in each election — they could, or, at least, should emerge victorious with another run.
The question is, do they have any more campaign runs left in them?
For Abrams, the answer was clear: A resounding yes.
“I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again,” Abrams told said during an interview on CNN Sunday morning. “I’m not sure for what, and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap. But once I do, I’m planning to get back into the ring.”
Abrams fought the good fight in the face of clear racial voter suppression by an opponent who was also the sitting secretary of state who seemed to orchestrate a series of “dirty tricks” on Election Day, including not supplying power cords for voting machines in polling places with mostly Black residents. Considering how much effort Republicans put into stopping Democratic and Black voters, some might consider her loss by fewer than 55,000 votes a victory. It certainly shouldn’t take any wind out of her sail even if the Blue Wave didn’t prevail in Georgia’s governor race.
Gillum’s future was a different story, though. The person who was trying to become Florida’s first Black governor remained the mayor of Tallahassee after he conceded on Saturday night. He was expected to remain in office in the state capital through the end of his term next year. But after that, it was anybody’s guess.
A tweet Saturday may have provided a glimpse into what’s next for him, but it was certainly open to interpretation.
“We are going to keep fighting. We will keep working,” he said in a post to Twitter that was accompanied by a photo with his wife, both of them clad in orange, the school colors of their alma mater Florida A&M University. “And in the end, I believe that we will win.”
Black Twitter Congratulates Andrew Gillum For Running A Classy Campaign Against A Racist
1. NAACPSource: 1 of 10
2. Sen. Cory Booker
Source: 2 of 10
Thank you @AndrewGillum for leading an extraordinary, inspiring campaign. You captured our moral imagination and called on us to remember that in Florida and our nation, great leaders don’t divide or demean but seek to unite and elevate all. https://t.co/fpFntxKxnS— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) November 17, 2018
3. Rev. Jesse JacksonSource: 3 of 10
4. Keith Boykin
Source: 4 of 10
Thank you Andrew Gillum for running an honorable, substantive, progressive campaign. https://t.co/EMLDGZQyhg— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 17, 2018
5. Sen. Kamala Harris
Source: 5 of 10
.@AndrewGillum’s campaign inspired millions of people not just in Florida but across the country to create change in their communities. I know we haven’t seen the last of him. pic.twitter.com/TcJ6dnNJP0— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 18, 2018
6. Karine Jean-PierreSource: 6 of 10
7. Jamil Smith
Source: 7 of 10
Andrew Gillum ran his race. For Democrats and Republicans alike, there is so much to learn from his candidacy. This is what I wrote about him for @RSPolitics. https://t.co/22tf6t3mQ6 https://t.co/3RK9uS1oEg— Jamil Smith جميل كريم (@JamilSmith) November 18, 2018
8. Rashad Robinson
Source: 8 of 10
I’ve known @AndrewGillum for some time now. Florida is missing out on the real deal. At every opportunity, he fought to include those who had never been included before, and called out his opponent’s racist tactics for what they were. (1/3) https://t.co/TGuLCAMn0K— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) November 17, 2018
9. April Reign
Source: 9 of 10
Both @AndrewGillum and @staceyabrams ran pitch perfect campaigns. Eminently qualified, reached out throughout their respective states, more than held their own in debates with their challengers. The numbers that turned out to vote for them rivaled presidential years. So...— April (@ReignOfApril) November 17, 2018
10. Bishop Talbert Swan
Source: 10 of 10
.@RonDeSantisFL accepted speaking engagements to events sponsored by known white supremacists organizations— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) November 18, 2018
He refused to return a donation to a racist that called @BarackObama a ‘muslim n*gger”
He referred to @AndrewGillum as a monkey
53% of white women still voted for him.
What’s Next For Stacey Abrams And Andrew Gillum? Fallen Candidates Hint At Political Futures was originally published on newsone.com