Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Abrams says she can’t win Georgia governor’s race

Abrams says she can’t win Georgia governor’s race

Abrams, who sharply criticized what she saw as an "erosion of democracy" in Georgia, said she would not concede the race to her Republican rival, Brian Kemp, but she acknowledged that he would become governor.

In a statement, Kemp said, "Moments ago, Stacey Abrams conceded the race and officially ended her campaign for governor".

The Democrat was considering a long-shot legal challenge under a law that allows losing candidates to contest the election in the case of misconduct, fraud or "irregularities", the paper reported. The apparent governor-elect's campaign had been harshly critical of Abrams for not conceding the race earlier, calling her desperate. That put him about 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority and avoid a December 4 runoff.

Undoubtedly it will be hard for Abrams' team to show all 18,000 voters who were not able to vote fairly, but the courts may not require it.

Clinton went on to praise Abrams for demanding multiple recounts despite evidence that, even with additional ballots counted, Abrams lags more than 50,000 votes behind her challenger, and she has not pulled Kemp under 50% of the vote, a development necessary to force a statewide runoff election.

Earlier in the day, Abrams' campaign rolled out a digital ad - with almost $100,000 behind it, according to a spokeswoman - that asks voters to share their stories of trouble at the polls.

Abrams had hoped to become the first black governor of Georgia and the first black female governor of any state. Trump called Abrams "one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country" and said she would "have Georgia turn into Venezuela".

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But she's giving up trying to change the results.

"This is not a concession speech", Ms. Abrams said, delivering a fiery speech to supporters saying the voting process was poisoned from the start by Republicans - and in particular Mr. Kemp, who had been secretary of state until he resigned after the election. Shortly before the 2016 election, she accused then-candidate Donald Trump of "threatening democracy" if he failed to accept the results of their presidential contest.

US District Judge Leigh May ordered Gwinnett County election officials on Tuesday not to reject absentee ballots just because the voter's birth year is missing or wrong.

On Nov. 13, Schumer, the highest ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, held what Politico described as "an unusual press conference", and said three-term incumbent Sen.

Unofficial returns showed Kemp, the 55-year-old businessman who oversaw the election as Georgia's secretary of state, ahead by about 60,000 votes out of almost four million cast on November 6. "The law now allows no further viable remedy", she said.

The result of the Nelson-Scott race will not change the balance of power in the Senate, where Republicans extended their lead in the November 6 midterm vote, while Democrats took a majority in the House of Representatives.

The outcome was the tightest for Georgia governor since 1966, when no candidate secured a majority and the decision fell to the Legislature, which chose segregationist Lester Maddox.

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