Stacey Abrams: Republican Brian Kemp will be Georgia's next governor

Saul Bowman
November 18, 2018

Hillary Clinton said Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams already would have been declared the victor in the still contested election if the race had been "fair".

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.

"If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it, it's clear".

Stacey Abrams, who galvanized Georgia Democrats in her quest to become the first black woman to be elected governor anywhere in the United States, ended her campaign to lead this state Friday. The Associated Press is not calling the race until state officials certify the results. This standing gave him about 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority and avoid a December 4 runoff. The odds are very high, though, that Abrams will be back, and not just in court.

"The state failed its voters", Abrams said, laying out a litany of examples what she described as "human error and a system of suppression". The former state lawmaker became a national political celebrity with her bid to become the first black woman in American history to be elected governor.

But she would face a massive legal burden to win her case.


She said: "In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections".

The race grabbed the attention of the nation, with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigning for Abrams in the final days and President Donald Trump holding a rally for Kemp. But even if she knows can't prove it, she continues to say it's why she lost.

She slammed Kemp, a former secretary of state who she said was "deliberate and intentional in his actions" to suppress the vote, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Mr Kemp declared his victory shortly after the vote on 6 November, but the Democratic candidate's campaign team launched a legal challenge to ensure all ballots were counted. 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. But as more counties completed their vote tallies, Abrams and her allies claimed there were thousands of outstanding ballots that never materialized. Abrams, who was vying to become the first black woman ever elected governor in US 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. "And the peaceful transition of power is something that sets us apart", Clinton told a crowd in OH three weeks before her election day defeat. She said she had concluded "the law now allows no further viable remedy".

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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