Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Stacey Abrams Ends Gubernatorial Campaign

Stacey Abrams Ends Gubernatorial Campaign

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams says she can't win the Georgia governor's race, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp. Mr Kemp's campaign said even if every vote that Ms Abrams campaign is arguing for is granted by the courts and counted for her, she can not overcome his lead or force a run-off.

The message may have appeared noble on its face, but it promoted the idea that the Georgia election would be considered unfair if Abrams loses the state's closely contested race for governor.

In the tense and testy closing weeks of the race, just about all that Georgia's Democrats and Republicans could agree on - besides desperately wanting the campaign to be over - was that Abrams would have carried a vastly different agenda into the governor's office.

Democrats are now using the "stolen election" tactic President Donald Trump and other Republicans have used in recent years, The Washington Post is reporting.

Following Friday's appearance, Abrams tweeted she would be suing Georgia "for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions". "He denied her requests to create new voters and slammed the door on attempts to count illegal votes".

And ultimately Abrams, the former state House minority leader, came much closer than any Georgia Democrat has in almost two decades to flipping either the governor's mansion or a Senate seat, despite some other high-profile efforts.

But his record still gave Abrams' campaign a rallying cry even after the polls closed: "Count every vote", her campaign manager repeatedly told the television cameras, asserting that it was not yet time for Abrams to concede.

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She kept the positive and uplifting theme of the show going when she gave a rousing performance of her song " Love Wins ". Elsewhere at the CMAs, Stapleton cleaned house, winning four awards including male vocalist, song and single of the year.

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.

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.

Abrams also announced she will launch a new voting rights group called "Fair Fight Georgia". Instead, Republicans will point to that same economic success as a sustaining force and question - along with some Democrats - the wisdom of Abrams' embrace of so many national liberal political stars. He has pursued restrictive voter registration and identification laws and has purged more than 1 million voters from the rolls in recent years - actions that Abrams and activists say amount to suppression. 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.

Kemp's lead had dwindled since Election Day as absentee and provisional ballots trickled in.

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. Nelson has filed several lawsuits aimed at extending recount deadlines, allowing late absentee ballots and changing voter intent ballot rules.

Democrats beyond Georgia have started to echo the notion that a Kemp victory would be illegitimate.

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