Stacey Abrams May Force Court to Consider a New Vote

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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.

Ms. Abrams said she wasn't conceding the race, but recognized the state of Georgia was going to certify Mr. Kemp the victor and didn't want to "scheme" her way into office.

And Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said: "If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it".

Despite all the fiery rhetoric, Stacey Abrams conceded because she lost the election.

As it stands now, Abrams is approximately 18,000 votes below the threshold that would require a December 4 runoff. Abrams had been fighting to include additional provisional and absentee ballots into the count, hoping that could help her close the roughly 18,000 vote deficit she needed to force a runoff next month.

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. Abrams would have been the first black female governor in US history had she pulled off the upset.

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"Georgia still has a decision to make about who we will be in the next election", she said.

The kind words came just days after Kemp's campaign spokesman derided Abrams' efforts to have contested ballots counted as a "disgrace to democracy".

Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Stacey Abrams said her actions did not constitute a concession, but she acknowledged that she had no further recourse under the law and that Republican Brian Kemp would be certified the victor. He was backed by and had embraced President Donald Trump as he tried to maintain GOP dominance in a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to the governor's mansion since 1998. Four years ago, Abrams founded the New Georgia Project, with a goal of adding hundreds of thousands of people of colour to the voting rolls.

"I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service", the statement said. Presiding over his own election, massive voter suppression, bullshit accommodations in minority populated areas. Abrams, who was vying to become the first black woman ever elected governor in USA history, had alleged throughout the campaign that Kemp, who stepped down as secretary of state after the election, had been working to disenfranchise minority voters and suppress new registrations.

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. "But my assessment is the law now allows no further viable remedy".

Invoking a statute that has never before been used in a major election in the state, Abrams' team is collecting evidence from across the state that her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, was behind "misconduct, fraud, or irregularities.sufficient to change or place in doubt the results".

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