Stacey Abrams May Demand a New Vote for Georgia Governor

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

Democratic candidate in Georgia's gubernatorial race Stacey Abrams is preparing to launch an "unprecedented challenge" as the state prepares to certify the victory of Republican Brian Kemp; a move that could prompt the courts to demand a second round of voting. It had previously ripped Abrams for her refusal to concede, calling it a "publicity stunt" and "temper tantrum".

He referred to Abrams' concession, but she insisted her speech wasn't one of concession.

"Abrams gave her speech, where she also announced her intent to fight back legally", just after 5 p.m. "And I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right".

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. Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow both failed to clear 50 percent of the vote, with Raffensperger ahead by about 19,000 votes as of Tuesday. Kemp said he was trying to maintain the integrity of Georgia's voter rolls.

Lawrence-Hardy told the AP that Abrams believes that many of her supporters, many of them minority and low-income voters who do not regularly vote, went to the polls and ran into electoral barriers, although she did not say what barriers they were.

As secretary of state, Kemp also served as Georgia's chief election officer and refused to resign or recuse himself from his position until two days after the general elections. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has finally admitted defeat.

While it is viewed as a long-shot, any case that comes before the Georgia Supreme Court is one worth watching, given the precedence that it sets for all future rulings.

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

"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.

While Kemp had declared himself the victor on election night, Abrams, who would have been the first black woman governor in the nation, had been fighting for a recount.

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.

Kemp stormed to the Republican nomination behind an unabashedly conservative platform and an endorsement from President Donald Trump. Election turnout among both sides' energized bases almost equaled that of the 2016 presidential vote.

Kemp, 55, resigned his post as Secretary of State after the November 6 election and did not oversee the final ballot review. The election is over and Brian Kemp is the Governor-elect. His detractors said he spent years making it harder for minorities and poor people to register and vote; he countered by arguing that his policies protected the integrity of the rolls and the elections.

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