Stacey Abrams May Demand a New Vote for Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams wins major victory as judge rules all votes must be counted

In a speech to her supporters on Friday night, Democrat Stacey Abrams acknowledged that she'd lost the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp.

But she didn't officially concede.

She predicted she would receive criticism for the tenor of her speech, rather than exhibiting the usual graciousness of a defeated candidate.

But Abrams also noted that she would "pray for the success of Brian Kemp that he will indeed be a leader of all Georgians".

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has recognised her rival's victory while announcing a plan to sue the state. "I can not concede that", she said.

After a tight race in which Republican Brian Kemp retained enough of a lead to avoid an automatic runoff, the Georgia governorship is coming down to legal strategy.

Kemp was caught on tape during a ticketed "Georgia Professionals for Kemp" event saying that Abrams's voter outreach effort "continues to concern us, especially if everybody uses and exercises their right to vote", according to Rolling Stone. During Kemp's tenure, 1.5 million voters were purged from the rolls. "It is about the democracy that we share and the responsibility to preserve our way of life", she said Friday.

Kemp called the election over in a statement Friday. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has finally admitted defeat.

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"We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future", he said.

While describing a variety of issues at the polls, Abrams said that "the state failed its voters". 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, who until last Thursday was Georgia's secretary of state and in charge of overseeing its elections, declared himself the victor on November 6, but Abrams has yet to concede the race. She also ordered the county to delay certification of its election results until those ballots have been counted.

The race presented residents with starkly different personalities, policies and visions for the nation's eighth-most populous state.

There were numerous accounts of voting difficulties in Georgia on Tuesday ― particularly for people of color.

She made the announcement in a public speech Friday after a ten-day battle over the election results.

The election has been mired in accusations of election fraud and voter disenfranchisement.

Scenes of thousands of people across the state reviewing ballots brought back memories of Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which ended only after the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in, effectively handing the presidency to Republican George W. Bush. Trump won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016, but Democrats' increasing strength in the suburbs bodes well for their chances in future statewide races.

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