ATLANTA -- On the same day she attended Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ first-ever state of the city address, state Rep. Stacey Evans picked up the endorsement from one of Bottoms’ former mayoral competitors.

Former state Sen. Vincent Fort endorsed Evans in her gubernatorial campaign.

Fort’s endorsement comes as early voting continues in Georgia’s nationally watched primary, which is set for May 22.

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Evans’ Democratic primary opponent, former state Rep. Stacey Abrams, did not attend Bottoms’ speech earlier this week. In March, Buzzfeed.com reported Bottoms could endorse Evans, instead of Abrams. Click here for Buzzfeed's full story.

Fort, Evans and Abrams all served in the General Assembly, but Fort is basing his endorsement, in part, on two positions taken by Abrams.

"Abrams voted 'yes' on legislation that moved the start of the early voting period from 45 days to 21 days, and according to her Republican colleagues in the house, she approved voting maps that are currently being litigated in court for being racially discriminatory," Fort said. "It cannot be understated how damaging these actions are.”

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