Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who lost in 2018 to Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) and is said to be launching a second bid, was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on Monday. A member of Norway’s parliament and of the Socialist Party, Lars Haltbrekken, nominated the Georgia Democrat for the high honor.
He equated her work to register voters in the Peach State with the strides made by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights,” Haltbrekken said on Monday. “Abrams’ efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society.”
Stacey Abrams has been nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her work advocating for, protecting, and expanding U.S. voting rights. pic.twitter.com/L2UMNWfNMK— NowThis (@nowthisnews) February 1, 2021
Congratulations to Leader @staceyabrams on her well-deserved nom for the #nobelpeaceprize ???? While we take time to celebrate & honor our ancestors who came before us this month, let’s appreciate the fact that we are living #BlackHistory every day. ???? #StaceyAbrams pic.twitter.com/Iiq0rzbwYV— New Georgia Project (@NewGAProject) February 1, 2021
Abrams’ work to engage voters in Georgia, with her voter registration-focused interest groups, has greatly contributed to the state’s leftward trend. She put herself in the center of the state’s political landscape after refusing to concede to Gov. Kemp after his victory in the 2018 midterm elections; she attributed her loss to “voter suppression,” and has still not formally conceded more than two years later.
While Abrams enjoys the nomination, Republicans in her state are wasting no time getting ready to take her on in the 2022 midterm election.