Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on a short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was ultimately not chosen by Joseph R. Biden Jr. But on Friday, as Mr. Biden took a narrow lead in Georgia, it was Ms. Abrams who was celebrated, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state two years ago.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with moving past her loss — she came within 55,000 votes of the governor’s mansion — and building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.- Advertisement – Still, Democrats in the state were jubilant.- Advertisement – “You have to build the infrastructure to organize and motivate your base, and you have to persuade people,” said Jason Carter, a Democrat who was the party’s candidate for governor in 2014. “Stacey built that infrastructure, and Donald Trump’s presidency energized that infrastructure, and it opened up voters to persuasion who were previously not open, particularly in the suburbs.”Mr. Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in Georgia, a state that has not elected a Democratic presidential candidate in nearly three decades, and maintained a slight lead throughout Friday. He was up about 4,100 votes Friday evening with more than 98 percent of the ballots counted. Because of the small margin, the secretary of state confirmed there would be a recount. Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full.” And she cited the work of other activists. “Georgia, let’s shout out those who’ve been in the trenches and deserve the plaudits for change.”If Mr. Biden holds onto his slim lead in Georgia, her profile is likely to grow. – Advertisement –
Ghana’s Black Stars picked up their second win from two games on Monday against São Tomé and Príncipe.Jordan Ayew’s second-half penalty after Emmanuel Boateng had been brought down by the Sao Tome goalkeeper gave the Stars a 1-0 win.The result takes them to six points in Group C, three clear of both Sudan and South Africa.While the scoreline was less comfortable that the game against South Africa, the Black Stars were hardly ever in danger of conceding.Here’s how the Black Stars players rated out of 10 today.Richard Ofori – 7Ofori did not have much to do in goal. However, when he called up to claim a ball in the air, he was up to the task.Andy Yiadom – 6.5Decent defensively, Yiadom was a livewire going forward. Put in a couple of decent crosses and had a powerful shot parried clear by the keeperGideon Mensah – 7.5Having been criticised by some fans against South Africa, Mensah stepped up on his second appearance for the Black Stars. His enterprising play down the left created a lot of chances for the Stars and his crosses were just begging to be prodded home. Joseph Aidoo – 6Had some shaky moments but was strong when it mattered.Kassim Nuhu – 6.5Both centre backs went through the game mostly untested but Nuhu was particularly attentive when called upon.Andre Ayew – 6The captain saw a lot of the ball on Monday but struggled to create any significant opportunities. The one time he was put through, his ball back across goal was weak and was cut out.Thomas Partey – 7Thomas Partey’s passing wasn’t at its usual flowing best due to the nature of the pitch but he was still a formidable presence in midfield, making tackles and interceptions. Going forward, Partey was a danger as well and looked like the likeliest Black Stars player to break the deadlock before the penalty.Baba Iddrisu – 6.5A quiet but still effective game for the young midfielder. Just like Partey, his passing was suspect at times but that was again due more to the quality of the pitch than anything else. He appears to have cemented his spot in that midfield alongside Partey, at least for now.Samuel Owusu – 5.5Owusu came in as Ghana’s wide option following a very narrow Black Stars setup against South Africa. Despite some promising early moments, Owusu never really met the expectations that came with his inclusion in the lineup.Emmanuel Boateng – 6.5Another player who was criticised for an average game against South Africa, Boateng responded to the criticism with a fine performance on Monday. He put himself about in the first half and should have won a penalty. In the second half, his persistence did get him a penalty. He slowed down as the half wore on but the 64 minutes he played were certainly an improvement over last Thursday.Jordan Ayew – 7.5Jordan Ayew scored Ghana’s only goal in the second half but he probably should have scored earlier in the game after being gifted the ball by the Sao Tome keeper. He inexplicably chose to pass to Samuel Owusu and the chance was missed. He was a constant threat, however, winning free-kicks in dangerous positions. He was soon targetted by the defenders whose tackles became less and less controlled. However, Jordan will be pleased with his shift in a largely frustrating game for his side.SubsKudus Mohammed (64′) – 6Christopher Antwi-Adjei (72′) – 6Joseph Attamah (90′) – Didn’t play enough minutes to be rated Tags: Black StarsGhanaSão Tomé and Príncipe
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