Bea Nguyen Wins Democratic Runoff Primary for Secretary of State in Georgia

Bea Nguyen talks to members of the media on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia, US. Nguyen is the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in Georgia after winning a runoff primary, NBC News Project.

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State Representative Bea Nguyen is the Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in Georgia after victory. a primary runoffNBC News Projects.

Nguyen easily defeated former state Representative Dee Dawkins-Hagler on Tuesday, the other top vote-getter who emerged from the primary last month.

Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American to serve in the Georgia General Assembly, will face GOP Incumbent Brad Reffensperger in November. Raffensperger won a tough primary last month after former President Donald Trump targeted the then-president for refusing to help reverse the results of the 2020 election.

Nguyen, 40, since his election to the Rajya Sabha in 2017 has been an outspoken voting rights advocate, especially for racial minorities and immigrants. She has been an outspoken defender of the 2020 election and a critic of Republican-led voting restrictions, and has been criticized by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dinkens.

If Nguyen wins the November 8 general election, she will be the first Asian American elected to a statewide political office in Georgia.

Nguyen and Dawkins-Hagler both focused their bids to defend future elections in the crucial swing state that President Joe Biden turned blue for the first time in decades.

Nguyen’s victory comes amid the rapid growth of Georgia’s Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Between the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, the number of AAPI voters in Georgia increased 84 percent,

Nguyen previously told NBC Asian America that he had decided to run for secretary of state during a December 2020 hearing at the Georgia House on Republican claims of voter fraud in the presidential election. “I felt it was my responsibility and duty to step up,” he Told,

nguyen received national attention That’s when he dismissed claims of illegal voting made by former Trump campaign aide Matt Brainard, who testified at the hearing.

Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, before entering politics in 2017. Athena’s warehouse established In 2009, a Georgia nonprofit that provides used prom dresses to high school students from low-income families.

She was elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2017 to fill the seat held by Abrams, who ran for governor. Abrams narrowly lost her 2018 race, but is running again this year against GOP’s Brian Kemp.

“I understand the specifics of the needs of the AAPI people in our state, and not meeting those needs results in damage to the economy and public health consequences,” said Nguyen. said before, “I think it’s important to make sure that we build on the diverse coalition in Georgia and that AAPI representation is a part of that.”

As Georgia voters cast ballots in several runoff races on Tuesday, Raffensperger was in Washington, D.C., testifying before a House committee. Trump and his close aides applied to state officials to personally receive them about the January 6 uprising at the Capitol. To change the results of presidential elections in major states like Georgia.