Stacey Abrams, the Democrat in Georgia's governor race, acknowledged Friday that she can not defeat her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, but she vowed to file a federal lawsuit challenging the "gross mismanagement" of the state's elections.
Speaking at the University of Texas at Austin, Clinton suggested that voter suppression is responsible for Abrams' likely loss to Republican Brian Kemp, and that had Abrams faced a "fair race", she'd have won.
Since their respective campaigns began, the battle between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams has been a heated one. Stacey Abrams fought brilliantly and hard - she will have a terrific political future! "We have heard from countless Georgians about massive irregularities wrought by a Secretary of State who ran his own election to crown himself governor". Abrams is no longer affiliated with the group that she says signed up more than 200,000 potential new voters, but a lot of them never made it onto the rolls. "And I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right".
Abrams, 44, had considered a court challenge to force a runoff, which is allowed by state law if neither candidate gets a majority of the vote.
"Let's be clear. This is not a speech of concession".
He continued, "The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward".
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"If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it". "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future". "But my assessment is the law now allows no further viable remedy", she continued, before adding that although she could fight to keep the election going, she doesn't "want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post".
Abrams' campaign sparked huge energy across the state and she became a national Democratic star.
Mr. Kemp holds a lead of about 60,000 votes over Ms. Kemp - and is some 17,000 votes above the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
It was, however, the end of a campaign whose outcome had remained uncertain for days as Abrams pressed for the counting of ballots that had been rejected for minor errors. If her loss stands, it will force the party to yet another reckoning over how to compete in Georgia, particularly because Kemp will be governor when the General Assembly redraws district lines after the 2020 census.
Kemp stormed to the Republican nomination behind an unabashedly conservative platform and an endorsement from President Donald Trump.
Kemp accused the group of voter fraud and launched an investigation that found no wrongdoing.
State law sets a November 20 deadline, but secretary of state's office elections director Chris Harvey testified last week that the state had planned to certify the election results on Wednesday, a day after the deadline for counties to certify their results.