Georgia Republicans Cancel State Supreme Court Election Ensuring Republican Governor Appoints Replacement
All eyes were on the state of Georgia for the gubernatorial election in the 2018 midterms. Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, stood a chance at defeating then-Secretary of State, Republican Brian Kemp, paving the way for her to become the first Black woman governor anywhere in the United States.
Because Kemp was Secretary of State, however, he was essentially permitted to oversee his own election. His office purged hundreds of thousands of voters in communities that heavily supported Abrams from the rolls without notification, dashing their chances to vote.