Long before it became clear that Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) was going to lose her appointed seat, and Jon Ossoff was narrowing the lead of Sen. David Perdue, there was Stacey Abrams.
Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff served as a contrast to the likes of Loeffler and Perdue, both of whom were accused of insider trading for questionable stock trades this year. But the key to Democratic turnout proved to be a substantial organizational structure in the state from the years-long effort of Abrams and her staff of organizers.
Her person-to-person campaigning created relationships with voters, got them registered, and ensured they made it to the polls. That election turnout in November and again in the January runoff was the true victory in the state. Abrams was one of few Democrats willing to take on the daunting task of registering voters and ensuring they understood the absurd voter suppression laws in Georgia and how to cast their ballots.
So, on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, Americans flocked to send their thanks to Abrams for helping America beyond the presidential election but in the Senate too.
See a small selection of the thank you tweets below:
I met @StaceyAbrams for the first time in 2011 in New York City and she shared with me her plans on how she was goi… https://t.co/uMrOyKdMWb— Michael Skolnik (@Michael Skolnik) 1609912921.0
Pundits: You should run for Senate. Stacey Abrams: I have a better idea. Pundits: What? Abrams: I'm going to win the whole fucking thing.— Elie Mystal (@Elie Mystal) 1609911031.0
Stacey Abrams is a true patriot who fought against voter suppression in Georgia and is an American hero! 🏆 Georgia… https://t.co/5ofZ6EYxKD— Holly ☃️ #wearamask😷 (@Holly ☃️ #wearamask😷) 1609910986.0
Sending endless respect and admiration to you tonight @staceyabrams.— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill) 1609910788.0
The soul of our nation is forever indebted to John Lewis, @staceyabrams, and all organizers across Georgia. Thank you.— Harley Rouda (@Harley Rouda) 1609910734.0
The work of @staceyabrams and many activists in Georgia changed control of the Senate. They may well have changed… https://t.co/5Ymp8eXuUv— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1609910708.0
A special heartfelt thank you to Stacey Abrams. Although she goes out of her way to say this has been a team effort… https://t.co/H1bUeLtJhj— Robert Reich (@Robert Reich) 1609911162.0
I had the honor of speaking at @staceyabrams 2018 campaign kickoff. A few minutes before this photo was taken, a… https://t.co/v82eLFWMhL— Jason Kander (@Jason Kander) 1609910833.0
No matter what happens, @staceyabrams is an American hero.— Mary L Trump (@Mary L Trump) 1609909540.0
My hat’s off to @staceyabrams and all of the incredible organizers in Georgia who made this happen. Grassroots matters.— Jeff Merkley (@Jeff Merkley) 1609911237.0
I’m not sure if the amazing Stacey Abrams will run for Governor again, but I’m all for her being DNC Chair or any p… https://t.co/2bAj83Bv3g— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila) 1609913340.0
With gratitude and admiration,
THANK YOU, Senator Warnock and Stacy Abrams!
— E. Jean Carroll (@ejeancarroll) January 6, 2021
Replace every confederate statue with Stacey Abrams and put her up on Mount Rushmore for good measure. 💙🇺🇸— Lisa Guerrero 💃🏽t (@Lisa Guerrero 💃🏽t) 1609910525.0
The fact that Stacey Abrams pulled this off and Kemp ended up getting emotionally tormented by Trump for two months… https://t.co/QABTEF7wop— Chase Mitchell (@Chase Mitchell) 1609910410.0
.@staceyabrams is the real winner tonight 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #georgia— Maria Shriver (@Maria Shriver) 1609911091.0
STACEY You DID IT!!!!!!! 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 @StaceyAbrams @fairfightaction @NewGAProject https://t.co/gt4YoLOyx0— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@Debra Messing✍🏻) 1609910792.0
Thank you to these two fantastic women leaders who believed that the impossible was possible and invested in year-r… https://t.co/7izw3LAFHo— Ken Martin (@Ken Martin) 1609911698.0
In 2016, 600,000 African-Americans who were eligible to vote in Georgia remained unregistered. When Stacey Abrams r… https://t.co/XbZdjz6EYY— The New Yorker (@The New Yorker) 1609911645.0
Live footage of Stacey Abrams to Republicans in Georgia right now.... #Senaterunoffelection https://t.co/mo5evReS3Z— Dr. Jason Johnson (@Dr. Jason Johnson) 1609911216.0
Thank you isn’t enough but THANK YOU @staceyabrams @fairfightaction @NewGAProject @nseufot @BlackVotersMtr… https://t.co/XUHSehYftC— billy eichner (@billy eichner) 1609912500.0
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: @staceyabrams is a hero. ❤️— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his)) 1609910827.0
I’ll bet The day will come when President Joseph Biden bestows Stacey Abrams with the medal of freedom bringing honor back to it— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@✌🏼rosanna arquette) 1609912757.0
The real winner tonight? @staceyabrams #GASenateRaces— Katie Couric (@Katie Couric) 1609911239.0
Stacey Abrams: "Tell Mitch, I want him to know it was me" https://t.co/3jjK3WJGlb— Fifty Shades of Whey (@Fifty Shades of Whey) 1609911631.0
Thank you @staceyabrams, Georgia organizers, field volunteers, and voters. You just changed our future for the better! 🍑— Christy Smith (@Christy Smith) 1609912086.0
Thank you @staceyabrams and @MsLaToshaBrown. Black organizers matter. @BlackVotersMtr https://t.co/zQohlN9Jlp— Sunny Hostin (@Sunny Hostin) 1609911903.0
We all must thank @staceyabrams & her team at @fairfightaction & all the other tireless, incredibly effective activ… https://t.co/HTPhiiqMQL— Anthony Rapp Voted for Biden Black Lives Matter (@Anthony Rapp Voted for Biden Black Lives Matter) 1609912751.0