Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian lawmaker on Monday, Reuters reports.
Abrams drummed up conspiracy theories regarding voter fraud in Georgia after she lost the election for state governor to Republican Brian Kemp by less than 50,000 votes.
Abrams refused to concede the election more than two years after it took place, and many referred to her as Governor despite the loss. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found "no evidence... of systematic malfeasance–or of enough tainted votes to force a runoff election between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams." Abrams ultimately pursued legal challenges to Kemp's victory.
"Abrams; work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights," argued Socialist Party MP Lars Haltbrekken or Norway, who submitted Abrams name for consideration for the prize.
"Abrams' efforts to complete King's work are crucial if the United States of America shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society," he continued.
Dr. King, a reverend who preached in Georgia, won the Nobel Peace Prize himself in 1964 for his leadership during the Civil Rights Movement.
Abrams was considered instrumental in the Democratic Party's successful bid to flip the state of Georgia during the 2020 presidential election. Joe Biden ended up carrying the state by less than 12,000 votes, with the Trump campaign alleging that voter fraud played a role in flipping the state blue, claims which have been rejected by court rulings.
Other nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize this year includes Jared Kushner, Black Lives Matter, and eastern European civil rights proponents.
The laureate of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in October of this year.
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