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Black women’s next targets: governorships and Senate seats

FILE - In this April 6, 2021, file photo Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia Del....
FILE - In this April 6, 2021, file photo Democratic candidate for Governor of Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy prepares for a debate at Virginia Sate University in Petersburg, Va. Foy and Virginia state Sen. Jennifer McClellan are trying to break another barrier in Virginia by becoming the first Black woman to win a governor's race. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)(Steve Helber | AP)
Published: May. 31, 2021 at 4:00 PM EDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — Black women are stepping up as Democratic candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate as the party looks to expand its footprint in Sun Belt battlegrounds.

Black women are running top-tier campaigns in North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, and they’ll likely be joined in the coming months by Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams launching her second bid for governor.

Such a slate would have been virtually unthinkable a decade ago, even with Black women long providing an anchor for Democrats’ coalition.

But Democratic power players say there’s a new paradigm: Black women are not only legitimate contenders for the highest offices, but in some cases are also Democrats’ best shot.

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