ATLANTA (AP) - Stacey Abrams is an unusual and historic choice to deliver the opposition response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union.
Democratic leaders' choice of the 45-year-old Georgian signals their emphasis on black women as an anchor of the Democratic Party and their hopes of flipping growing and changing states like Georgia.
Abrams will be the first black woman to deliver an opposition response.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's invitation comes months after Abrams narrowly lost a Georgia governor's race that would have made her the first black woman elected to lead any American state.
Schumer is trying to convince Abrams to run for the Senate in 2020 against Republican David Perdue.
Democrats likely need Georgia to reclaim a Senate majority, and the state also could be a presidential battleground.