Charlie Matthews, 73, is reported to have presented Abrams with roses on behalf of the deceased women in his family who were unable to witness her fight to become the nation’s first black female governor.
Though Republican candidate Brian Kemp was running slightly ahead early Wednesday in the race for the governor’s mansion, the contest was too close to call and could trigger a runoff. Abrams made history earlier this year when she was chosen to be the Democratic Party’s nominee.
The image, which was captured by journalist Alyssa Pointer and shared to Twitter, understandably hit many social media users right in the feels.
Charlie Matthews, 73, presents @staceyabrams with roses during a campaign stop at Annie D's restaurant on #ElectionDay. He said that he dedicated the flowers to Abrams on behalf of all the deceased women in his family that did not get to see her make it this far in the Gov. race. pic.twitter.com/sCPwZWkTls— Alyssa (@AlyssaNo_L) November 6, 2018
I’m not crying, you’re crying. https://t.co/TIBaTESGo5— Morgan Hopkins (@theFword527) November 6, 2018
He is honoring so many women with that one gesture. That is pure humanity right there.— JuneBug (@bg68ec) November 7, 2018
That is really beautiful and moving.— Carolyn Gil (@OneSardine) November 6, 2018
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.