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Stacey Abrams wins Democratic primary in governor race
Stacey Abrams
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks to a crowd at a meet and greet event at Taqueria El Mercadito in Gainesville on Saturday, March 24, 2018. - photo by David Barnes

Stacey Abrams has won the Democratic primary in Georgia's gubernatorial race.

She is the state's first woman nominee for governor from either major party, and if she wins the general election in November, she'll become the first black female governor in the U.S.

Former state House Minority Leader Abrams beat former state Rep. Stacey Evans in Tuesday's race. Both are Atlanta-area attorneys. The race was characterized by a battle over the candidates' legislative records on education.

Abrams is a celebrated romance novelist who made economic mobility and affordable health care cornerstones of her campaign.

Abrams has garnered major party endorsements including Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Lewis and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Abrams would succeed term-limited Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has held the office since 2011.