Abrams, a Democrat, narrowly lost to Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018 and declined to concede, yet she acknowledged her GOP rival would be certified the victor because she announced minority votes that would have favored her were suppressed. If she wins in 2022, she would grow to be the first black female governor elected in the United States.
"I'm running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn't be determined by zip code, background or access to power," Abrams stated in a tweet declaring her campaign.
Georgia has become a battleground state, with many close elections in recent years narrowly favoring Democrats. Abrams, minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, has spent the last three years advancing voting reform in Georgia after she announced Kemp purged voters from the registration lists while he was secretary of state.
"Abrams stands firmly on the side of the woke activists who cost Georgia millions in revenue all because Governor Brian Kemp made it a priority to protect lives and livelihoods, keep kids in school and in the classroom, let businesses stay open and grow their workforce, and make it easier to vote and harder to cheat," the RGA announced in a statement.
Abrams is expected to clear the Democratic field in the race, something that has not been the case for Kemp and Republicans. After drawing the anger of former President Donald Trump for not forcefully going along with his allegations of voter fraud in Georgia and elsewhere in the 2020 election, Trump turned on Kemp and has vowed to make him pay for his disloyalty.
A possible vehicle for Trump's revenge tour: Former Sen. David Perdue, who lost reelection to Sen. Jon Ossoff in a runoff at the beginning of the year.
Republicans in the state have told CNN they expect Perdue to decide soon regarding running against Kemp in next year's primary after Perdue allies raised the possibility in October.
A match-up between Kemp and Perdue could not just upend Georgia's governor race yet also split the GOP at a time when the party's dominance in the state has been frightened by recent electoral wins by Democrats. Many Republicans fear that a contested primary over the matter of the 2020 election could only further damage the GOP.
Trump's anger at Kemp is so deep that he has at times lauded Abrams as a way to attack the Republican Governor. While speaking in Georgia earlier this year, Trump announced to Kemp, "Stacey, would you like to take his place? It's OK with me."