Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Stacey Abrams May Demand a New Vote for Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams May Demand a New Vote for Georgia Governor

Abrams' address to her supporters essentially concluded her bid for the governor's mansion, the final result of which had been in doubt since Election Day, but she noted that she was not officially conceding the race.

The Abrams campaign had indicated it could pursue a drastic legal remedy on Friday, in which it would try to prove the election was fraudulent and essentially toss out the results for a new election.

Georgia authorities say a senator arrested at a state Capitol demonstration over uncounted election ballots was charged with obstruction because she helped create "a human wall" that hindered police.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has recognised her rival's victory while announcing a plan to sue the state. So let's be clear.

"I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right", Abrams said. "The law now allows no further viable remedy", she said.

"I don't want to hold public office if I have to scheme my way into the post because the title of governor isn't almost as important as our shared title - voters", she said.

The Abrams for Governor campaign released an ad today on their contention that voters faced lots of problems at the polls and encouraging them to report their stories. "And that is why we fight on".

She says she will file a lawsuit to contest the election results based on "gross mismanagement" in the election.

And the defeat was a setback for Georgia Democrats, who saw Abrams, their former leader in the state House of Representatives, as their most formidable candidate for statewide office in years.

She called him "deliberate and intentional" in his actions and said eight years of divestment, disenfranchisement and incompetence had their desired effect.

But Abrams had vowed to press on for almost two weeks, with her campaign framing it as a much bigger fight for voting rights, especially among minority voters. And some Democratic legal observers note Abrams would be dependent on statutes that set a high bar for the court to intervene.

He said that would allow preparations to begin for any run-off contests, including those already projected in the races for secretary of state and a Public Service Commission seat.

He continued, "The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. The campaign is over, and Kemp's focus is on building a safer, stronger future for Georgia families", Kemp campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney said. She said she would start a new organization, Fair Fight Georgia, to advocate for voting rights. Kemp, who has promoted and enforced some of the nation's most restrictive voting laws, was accused repeatedly before and during the campaign of seeking to suppress the minority vote. The Associated Press is not calling the race until state officials certify the results.

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.

Victory for her pioneering campaign would have instantly transformed Georgia into a 2020 presidential swing state and signaled the beginnings of a potential political realignment in region, which has been growing more diverse and educated as its economy expanded.

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