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To America on the line from WNYC and public radio stations across the country on more than a hundred and fifty stations tonight. Well, now, we turn to the state of Georgia early voting has begun with the race for governor there between Republican Brian camp and Democrats Stacey Abrams is making national headlines in Friday's reasons if you wins Stacey Abrams would be both the first black governor and the first female governor of Georgia, which is not elected democrat to that office in twenty years. Meanwhile, as you've probably heard by now secretary of state Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor is facing lawsuits and the rage of Democrats for initiating new voter rules that have landed fifty three thousand voter applications in limbo. There's another lawsuit against Gwinnett county for rejecting an unusually high proportion of absentee ballots, and that county is one sixty percent non white. So they're talking about all of this and more. We're back with Joe Walsh. National affairs correspondent for the nation. And we're also joined by high right, host of WNYC's United States of anxiety podcast, who's just back from a reporting trip to Georgia. Thanks for being on America Online. Thanks for having me, Charlie. Well, let's talk about this Stacey Abrams. What makes her different? I mean, obviously on paper first black female, governor of the state of Georgia. Give me some sense of what makes her distinctive what first black woman to be would be the first bug, and it'd be governor of any state and the history of United States. So I think you run out of things you could go we go night on what makes her exceptional. I mean, there's there's who she is. But then there's also what her strategy is is a if she wins. She will Mark a. Dramatic change in Democratic Party politics for the south. Yeah. I mean up until now, basically, I mean, the the democratic playbook is to run as a centrist right picking up swing votes in the middle. She's got a different philosophy. It's been to count on just count on the black people of color votes in Atlanta and other large cities and then to reach out into the exurbs to get moderate whites. Stacey Abrams has spent a decade plus building a strategy for the party that is about one hundred and fifty nine counties. I'm going all one hundred fifty nine counties. There are votes for me, and all of those counties. Many of them are majority black counties that the party just hasn't invested in hasn't tried to reach and see says, I can mobilize us. Well, you actually interviewed Abrahams herself, and we're gonna play a clip of her explaining that strategy in her own words, clay county may have fifteen people who.