Progressively WINNING: Abrams’ Strategy to Win!

The primary election of former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams proved lots of things.  Political nerds will confirm Abrams had a far better winning strategy powered by a dynamic field plan.  Reports that Abrams had teams in cities and towns from north to south Georgia are verified by the outcome of the vote.  Abrams took lead in the vast majority of Georgia counties.  My own community in the metro area had fast moving GOTV canvassers that did not identify with either candidate directly, but were formerly connected with Leader Abrams, rushing from door to door to remind voters to get out and vote just before election day.

Although exquisitely executed, Abrams’ strategy is not a secret.  Outside of the “leaked” campaign plan earlier this year, the Abrams team exhibited perfect calculation of long standing campaign formulas.   Contacting voters directly has shown time and again to be the winning strategy.  Direct voter contact coupled with Abrams’ earned media campaign, which had her listed as the front runner, propelled her into a lead bigger than imagined by her opponent.  In Georgia, we call the large margin between Abrams and her opponent a “molly whopping.”  Evans has since accepting her loss with grace and has fully supported Abrams in her continued campaign.

What does the Abrams winning strategy mean for the November 2018 election against the Republican nominee?  It means Abrams needs “mo money, mo money, mo money!”  Voters can understand the cost of putting up a television ad or littering the highways with yard signs.  However, the cost associated with going door to door to encourage progressive registered voters to go to the polls is much higher.    Canvassing is the absolute slowest and most expensive way to campaign per vote.  However, canvassing – that is knocking door to door – is also the most reliable way to get a vote.  Abrams proved there is no way to get around it.

 

Democratic voters wanting to get a head start on helping Abrams get to the Governor’s mansion need to pony up dollars and/or time. Talking on social media or hash tagging your way into #AmericanHistory is not going to do the trick if the Abrams strategy will work again November.

Some Democrats begrudged the primary battle between the Stacey’s.  If practice makes perfect, then Abrams is just getting warmed up.  During the primary, Leader Abrams got to put her organized field strategy into motion, test out weak points, and gather copious amounts of data to help identify her base which is the key to her November election.  A outwardly weak opponent may not have primed Abrams enough to give it all in November.  Now where will she go with it?  Will the Abrams team …

(A) Register new voters excited about Georgia making American history

(B) Turn out the base of existing registered voters

(C) Swing to the middle to pick up independent leaning voters

(D) Find voters tired of Trump, pointing guns at teens, or threatening Georgia based airlines in exchange for 13 people…

Whatever the strategies employed, my guess is Abrams’ historic win has encouraged progressives and Democrats to talk to their neighbors and family members to ensure they are registered TODAY!  Democrats around the country are receiving requests to donate in the Georgia campaign, will Georgia Democrats invest as much into their own state as other democrats from around the country?

While Georgia Democrats work to stuff Abrams’ coffers with campaign donations, we are simultaneously popping our popcorn to watch the remainder of the Republican run off a.k.a. the game show entitled “Who Can Act Trumpier?”

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MikeSilver
MikeSilver

All you and her got is identity politics. That’s it.

Benevolus
Benevolus

What does that actually mean?

edatlanta
edatlanta

It means: muh feeeeeelins!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Mike,
If you’re stating or implying that Ms. Abrams has no public policy positions, and the only way she will get votes is based on her skin color or gender, that’s wrong on many levels.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If that’s the case, then the only thing Kemp and Cagle have is identity politics.

Cagle and Kemp are running their mouths about “religious liberty” and “illegal immigration” to stoke the fears of straight, white, Christians and drive them to the polls.

Abrams website has a diverse range of policies including education, affordable housing, and healthcare. Here’s the website: https://staceyabrams.com/her-vision/ Spend some time educating yourself.

rickday
rickday

Well…they got me, too! There is nothing ‘identity’ about my old white ass. And we identify you as a bigot.

Have a nice day 🙂

chefdavid
chefdavid

I wonder if Selena Montgomery, that girl from Mississippi, has endorsed her yet? https://www.harpercollins.com/author/cr-104432/selena-montgomery/

Ellynn
Ellynn

I pointed that out a week ago… You taking the Noway class on staying up to date? HAHAHAHAHA

chamblee54
chamblee54

Miss Abrams should tell her followers to mind their manners. A repeat of the Networks incident would give Republicans a powerful weapon to use against her.

chamblee54
chamblee54

I meant Netroots.

Benevolus
Benevolus

You mean, attacks on (presumably) Cagle by Abrams supporters will be used by Cagle to… do what?

P.S. I suspect that this contest will have a low “undecided” factor. It should be pretty easy for people to make up their minds this time.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

$100 says that at least five prominent Cagle supporters use the word “uppity” during the general election.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, before Rosanne’s catastrophic fail, I actually would have ageeed with you. Twice in two days would have been Twilight Zone weird, though. Now? People aren’t even talking in their sleep!

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I might have taken that bet 2-3 elections ago but not anymore.

alpha male
alpha male

It means Stacey is gonna get “ molly whopped “ in Georgia, LOL!

Evans would have been a MUCH tougher out for the GOP ( although they still would have prevailed imo)

Does anyone really think appealing to the urban vote plus ITP liberals equals statewide victory in Georgia?

Indypendant
Indypendant

LOL

“alpha male” is afraid of a woman governor!

alpha male
alpha male

Idiotic statement. I loved Nikki Haley as gov right across the river.

What I would be “ afraid” of, is a Trotskyite governor.

But fear not “Indypendent” . That ain’t happening in Georgia anytime soon.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Please explain how Abrams is a “Trotskyite” because I fear that, as usual, you’re using big words that you don’t actually know the meaning of.

Also, what’s the difference between “urban” votes and votes from “ITP?” You must not have been to Atlanta in a few decades if you think there are rural areas inside the perimeter. Or did you mean to say “black” and “white”? That’s a real beta move. An alpha male would be man enough to just come out with his race-based theories on voting behavior.

alpha male
alpha male

Lol at Pope. You don’t even realize you Keep proving the point big guy! Rascist rascist rascist. It’s all you got. And guess what. It ain’t gonna work. We are gonna beat all those Trotskyite rear ends.

Heck, it will be a moral victory for you guys if it’s closer than 56-44.

But keep hope alive. One day Georgia will turn blue. At least that’s what you folks keep telling yourselves.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So you don’t know what “Trotskyite” means. Thanks for the clarification.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Or wistfulness for dog whistle time times of yore when the GOP establishment could in polite company pretend it wasn’t tolerant of if not reliant on appealing to racists.

rickday
rickday

“Does anyone really think appealing to the urban vote plus ITP liberals equals statewide victory in Georgia?”

Ooooooohhh keep underestimating us. That’s it…… yesssssssssss

alpha male
alpha male

Oh, and MikeSilver, “Indypendent” ( ironic screen name that it is ) just furthered your point.

All they got is identity politics.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I still want to know what that means? Do you know what it means? What do you think it means?

Indypendant
Indypendant

“alpha” male

LMAO!

Benevolus
Benevolus

OK so here’s the definition I found: a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.
So I don’t get how this applies to Stacey Abrams. What is it about her candidacy that makes it “identity politics”?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ummm… she’s black and female so therefore identity politics.

Stop expecting people with a genuine lack of intelligence to be capable of thinking about Abrams on levels beyond her looks.

alpha male
alpha male

You mean we should look at her for her ability to manage her personal finances?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Sure, provided we also look at Brian Kemp’s ability to manage the personal data of millions of Georgia voters and Casey Cagle’s ability to manage his marriage.

Indypendant
Indypendant

We didn’t really get to go there with Trump, did we?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Stacey A got more votes than all R’s combined in 23 counties. Both Stacey’s combined got more votes than all R’s combined in 39 counties. That’s a lot more than just ITP. It includes Clinch, Peach, Clay, Chattahoochee, Sumter, Burke, Screven, Warren, Dooly, and Quitman counties, among others. Those appear to be D counties now. There was only a total vote difference between D and R of 52,000 in this primary. As I mentioned before, Jason Carter gained 75,000 more votes than all R candidates combined did between the primary and the general. For him it wasn’t enough because he… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I forgot to mention: When I downloaded the election results file from the SoS website, I got a warning message: “The file you are trying to open is in a different format than specified by the file extension. Verify that the file is not corrupted and is from a trusted source before opening the file.”

Isn’t that the perfect finale and legacy to Brian Kemp’s career in politics?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Here’s a thought experiment… Democrats recently scored two big statewide victories in the South: Ralph Northam in Virginia and Doug Jones in Alabama. While neither state is a perfect foil for the Peach State, it can be contended that Georgia shares a great deal of similarities with both Virginia and Alabama. Here are some of the things Northam and Jones had as part of their platforms: – Increase in the minimum wage to $15 (N, J) – Expanded background checks on firearm purchases (N, J) – Free community college (N) – Healthcare public option (N, J) – Medicaid expansion (N)… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

C’mon Mr. Pope, I will give you some of these points in the VA race as they are very much a purple state now and frankly not even similar to Georgia’s current political map. Alabama is much more of a valid comparison but that race had almost nothing to do with Democrats winning on those issues. It had to do with the Republican’s life long penchant for little girls and even then Jones won with a plurality with 48% of the vote going to the pervert along with 2% going to write-ins. At this juncture with a political eon until… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

C’mon Mr. Pope, I will give you some of these points in the VA race as they are very much a purple state now and frankly not even similar to Georgia’s current political map. Alabama is much more of a valid comparison but that race had almost nothing to do with Democrats winning on those issues. It had to do with the Republican’s life long penchant for little girls and even then Jones won with a plurality with 48% of the vote going to the pervert along with 2% going to write-ins. At this juncture with a political eon until… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

I want the edit function back please.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I think the military budget has long been obscene and needs to be cut back. Keep up the nuclear arsenal but focus on modern wars and the fact we won’t be fighting the Russians in Europe or the Koreans on the peninsula.

Also, if we invested in education (i.e. Tech Schools) and helping people get out of minimum wage jobs, how much would that help the SS/Medicare?

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’ve got a real crazy idea. Let’s save beaucoup bucks by using excuses to go bomb brown people all the time in our “modern wars” as well. Quit allowing Presidents their dog wagging privileges.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Oh, and if issues won elections then we would get better selections.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I doubt Abrams will be elected Governor and it isn’t on the issues. It is due to while identity politics. This state is filled with hicks and the vast majority will never, ever vote for a black woman EVEN IF IT HELPS their economic interests. White rural/mountain Georgia will likely never vote for a black woman. I doubt the urban areas of Atlanta, Savannah, Augusta, Macon, Columbus and the black belt counties will make up for it but I could be wrong. I sincerely hope I am wrong. I left the Republican Party; I will never be a lapdog to… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

As is stated above and I’ve stated on another thread, race matters, and candidly not just in Georgia. Though the colors red and blue matter as well. Some yellow dog Democrats still exist in rural Georgia and I’m envisioning them sweating like a whore in church over this upcoming gubernatorial election.

rickday
rickday

One of my strategies against Ralston this season is to convince Republican voters to sit out this one because everyone in the Status Quo GOP is bought and sold by Koch Brothers/billionaire money. So not only am I going to energize the progressive vote, I’m going to de-energize the Bamboozled vote.

You just might be wrong.

atlindy
atlindy

All right Democrats. Please refrain from: A) claiming that identity politics has NOTHING TO DO with Stacey Abrams’ campaign when her explicit overt primary strategy is to maximize female and black registration and turnout B) claiming that white voters will reject Abrams SOLELY DUE TO HER RACE when these same voters have been voting against white progressives like Jim Martin, Max Cleland, Michelle Nunn etc. for going on 20 years C) when Democrats have spent years proclaiming that the decrease in the percentage of the white electorate – as opposed to, say, economic growth attracting progressives from other parts of… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

her explicit overt primary strategy is to maximize female and black registration and turnout Because that’s also the primary strategy of Democrats across the country as increasing black voter registration and turnout boosts the amount of Democratic base voters while women, particularly young women, are the easiest demographic to “flip,” something which is necessary to the whole notion of winning in red states and districts. these same voters have been voting against white progressives like Jim Martin, Max Cleland, Michelle Nunn etc. for going on 20 years LOL. You have a weird definition of progressive. Pretty sure two moderate Democrats… Read more »

atlindy
atlindy

Democrats: I got 3 more for you. 1. Please stop comparing Georgia to Virginia and Alabama races this year. Virginia isn’t even a purple state. They haven’t elected a Republican governor since 2010 and before then the last was 1998. To put it another way, the GOP has won 3 governor’s races in Virginia since 1978 in a state where the governor is limited to a single term. There has been a bit more parity with their U.S. Senate seats, but only because John Warner served 5 terms. Apart from him, Democrats have won 7 of 7 Senate races. Virginia… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

So it sounds like you think Trump coming here to campaign for (presumably) Cagle would be helpful?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Of course it would. Expext that rally after Labor Day!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Part of me thinks that all these oddly timed pardons are at least partly because Trump sees the end of the road ahead and wants to get them done while he still can. So maybe he can come down here as a civilian, assuming he’s not wearing an ankle bracelet by then. That should really fire up the deplorables!
Same with the NK deal. He’s pushing it way faster than anyone can react or even prepare for. T is feeling the heat.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The former official said he doesn’t think Trump is playing “the sort of three-dimensional chess people ascribe to decisions like this. More often than not he’s just eating the pieces.”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tariniparti/trump-allies-dont-see-three-dimensional-chess-in-dinesh?utm_term=.xtb40801Y#.aogqEkEQK

rickday
rickday

When I read this level of GOP hand wringing and cemetery whistling going on on georgiapol, I feel like we have jumped straight to ‘then they fight us’.

Feels good.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016

51 replies so far. Those who believe Stacey has a realistic chance, please give your after election winning percentage for her.

Pragmatic Progressive
Pragmatic Progressive

50-49.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Really? I just don’t see that…