Bee Nguyen wins the Democratic nomination for secretary of state in Georgia.
ATLANTA — Democratic state representative Bee Nguyen has won the party’s nomination for Secretary of State for Georgia and has mounted a close race for an office that served as a bulwark against former President Donald J. Trump’s bid to win the election. of 2020 to undermine.
Ms. Nguyen, a 40-year-old nonprofit executive, will face current Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in November’s general election. Mr. Raffensperger is perhaps best known for resisting Mr Trump’s pressure to “find” enough votes to undo Mr Trump’s defeat in the state. Mr. Raffensperger testified on Tuesday at a hearing of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, telling the panel, “There were no voices to be found.”
Although Mr. Raffensperger has been praised by some Democrats for standing up to Mr. Trump, he is still a prime target for Georgian Democrats.
In advertisements and conversations with voters, Ms. Nguyen has argued that the Republican Party cannot be trusted to fairly monitor elections or pass laws that would increase access to the vote. She noted that Mr Raffensperger has supported his party’s efforts to tighten voting laws in Georgia in response to false claims of fraud and irregularities.
“If our voting rights are attacked, we all lose,” Ms Nguyen said in an advertisement, promising viewers that she would strive to retain the right to vote if elected.
Ms. Nguyen has raised more money than any other Democrat in the primaries. She currently serves in the State House seat once occupied by Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor. She gained Ms Abrams’ approval, but only after failing to secure more than 50 percent of the vote and was forced into a runoff election against her main opponent, former state representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler.
Ms. Nguyen, who was first elected to the State House in 2017, was the first Vietnamese American to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly. Should she win in November, she would be the first Asian American to be elected to the entire state. The growing population of Asian Americans in the Atlanta area contributed to Democrats’ electoral gains in the 2020 presidential election and the US Senate runoff election.