Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial Democratic candidate and star voting rights activist, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Reuters reports.

Abrams and her organization Fair Fight Action were integral in increasing Black voter turnout in Georgia this election cycle — a sprawling, years-long effort that culminated in the long-time red state turning blue.

Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist Party politician in Norway’s Parliament, said Monday, the first day of Black History Month in the U.S. and the last day for someone to be nominated for the prize, that “Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.”

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King won the award in 1964.

Haltbrekken added: “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,” Haltbrekken said.

Thousands of people are eligible to nominate someone for the honor, which is announced annually in October. 

The Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee will release a short list for the award in March. Other notable candidates this year include Russian dissident Alexei Navalny and teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.  

Abrams' fight against voter suppression began in 2014, when she launched the New Georgia Project to get unregistered Black Georgians signed up to vote in the midterm elections that year.

Following a narrow defeat in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial race to Republican now-Gov. Brian KempBrian KempAbrams treads carefully in relationship with Biden  Four states declare states of emergency ahead of weekend snowstorm Stacey Abrams's shocking snub of Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations MORE, Abrams created Fair Fight Action to continue combating voter suppression in Georgia and around the country.

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Kemp as Georgia’s secretary of state in 2017 orchestrated what critics described as the largest voter purge in U.S. history — an action that disproportionately affected the Peach State’s Black residents. 

To be sure, voting rights work in Georgia is rooted in strong grassroots organizing, but Abrams is undoubtedly the face of the movement.

Abrams received kudos from celebrities and lawmakers alike after President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE narrowly defeated former President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report MORE in November and even more after Democrats pulled off a surprise sweep of Georgia’s Senate runoff elections.

It is widely expected that Abrams will soon announce a second bid for Georgia’s governorship. No Black woman has been elected a state's governor.

The last U.S. winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaNew year brings more liberated Joe Biden  After the loss of three giants of conservation, Biden must pick up the mantle Kyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy and the politics of rage MORE in 2009.