"I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial elections", she said. Abrams was trying to muster enough votes to trigger a recount or a runoff, which would have been held on December 4. But Abrams made clear that she thinks Kemp, who oversaw the election as secretary of state, is guilty of foul play.
But with a 5 p.m. Friday deadline for all of Georgia's counties to certify their election results, a path for Abrams was looking slim.
Stacey Abrams acknowledged Friday that she could not defeat her GOP opponent in Georgia's gubernatorial election.
Stacey Abrams had hoped to become the nation's first elected female African-American governor. Trump called Abrams "one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country" and said she would "have Georgia turn into Venezuela".
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. She repeatedly criticized Kemp, who she said had been "deliberate and intentional in his actions" to suppress voters. Kemp now has 50.2 percent of the vote and 18,000 more votes than he needs to avoid a run-off. 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. Her strategy of running as an unapologetic liberal who attracts new voters to the polls resonated in a rapidly changing state.
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The Democrat was considering a long-shot legal challenge under a law that allows losing candidates to contest the election in the case of misconduct, fraud or "irregularities", the paper reported. "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future". Abrams has not led her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, at any point since election night, November 6., but the race remains undecided.
Clinton closed her speech with a snide remark about the size of Donald Trump's inauguration crowd - a fitting end to a speech about not being able to accept the results of a full and fair election with dignity. "This new PAC will pursue accountability in Georgia's elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls".
While overseeing elections in Georgia, Kemp expelled almost 1.5 million Georgians from the voter rolls, almost double the number of his predecessor.
During the past 10 days, the Abrams campaign, through court filings and news conferences, has shared stories of individuals who had trouble casting ballots. The lawsuits also have revealed a lack of uniformity in how counties address problems with absentee and provisional ballots.
As for Kemp, the president also said "Brian was unrelenting and will become a great Governor for the truly Wonderful People of Georgia!" Kemp's narrow margin already suggests that Georgia, a state Trump won by five percentage points in 2016, could be a genuine battleground in two years.