Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Defeat, Decries Voter Suppression

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Democrat Stacey Abrams acknowledged on Friday that Republican Brian Kemp would be Georgia's next governor.

Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s Democratic candidate for governor, acknowledged Friday afternoon that Republican Brian Kemp’s lead in the race is insurmountable and admitted defeat, according to NPR.

> "I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," Abrams said. "But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on suppression of the people's democratic right to vote has been truly appalling."

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> In a fiery speech, Abrams insisted this was no normal concession, decrying the voter suppression — at the hands of Kemp — she believed had led to this conclusion.

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> "I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right," Abrams said. She repeatedly criticized Kemp, who she said had been "deliberate and intentional in his actions" to suppress voters.

Abrams, who would have become the nation’s first female black governor had she won, maintained throughout the campaign that Kemp was working to disenfranchise minority voters, cut down on new voter registrations, and purge the state’s voter rolls, as he ran for governor while overseeing the election as secretary of state.

> "On election night, I declared that our fight to count every vote is not about me — it is about us. It is about the democracy that we share and the responsibility to preserve our way of life," she said Friday.

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> The Associated Press reported that the Abrams campaign had been considering additional legal challenges, including one before the state Supreme Court that was precipitated on a provision allowing losing candidate to challenge results based on "misconduct, fraud or irregularities ... sufficient to change or place in doubt the results."

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> And Abrams seemed to confirm that, announcing at her press conference that her campaign "will be filing a major federal lawsuit" against the state of Georgia "for the gross mismanagement of this election."

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