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Stacey Abrams Struggles With Black Male Voters in Georgia While Wielding National Clout

  • Gender gap presents challenge, opportunity in governor’s race
  • A third of registered Black men haven’t voted in several years
Stacey Abrams campaigning in Atlanta. “If Black men vote for me, we win,” she says.
Stacey Abrams campaigning in Atlanta. “If Black men vote for me, we win,” she says.Photographer: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

With the November election just weeks away, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams is dealing with an unusual political problem.

She has become a star on the national political stage. But in her own state -- where she has proved in recent presidential and Senate contests that she can get out the vote for Democratic candidates -- she is struggling to gain momentum for her rematch with Republican Governor Brian Kemp.