Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Loss In Georgia Governor's Race

Stacey Abrams wins major victory as judge rules all votes must be counted

More than a week after the midterm elections, Democrat Stacey Abrams has acknowledged defeat in the Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp.

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams' campaign chair, said that her legal team is "considering all options", which also includes federal court remedies.

The Abrams campaign has almost three dozen lawyers working on the potential case and considering other legal options.

Her opponent had been widely criticized for remaining in the chair as secretary of state-the office in charge of state elections-while also running for governor.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. said the "election is being stolen from" Abrams.

"I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right", Abrams said.

Kemp's victory allowed the Republican Party to maintain its grip on power in Georgia, which has not elected a Democrat as governor since 1998.

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.

While overseeing elections in Georgia, Kemp expelled almost 1.5 million Georgians from the voter rolls, almost double the number of his predecessor.

"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward".

Stacey Abrams had hoped to become the nation's first elected female African-American governor. "The campaign is over, and Kemp's focus is on building a safer, stronger future for Georgia families", Kemp campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney said.

Ms Groh-Wargo said on Tuesday that the Abrams campaign believes she needs a net gain of 17,759 votes to pull Mr Kemp below a majority threshold and force a December 4 run-off.

"I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service", Kemp said of Abrams. They were victorious on some measures, getting ballots counted that were initially rejected because of birthdate errors, for example, but they never made enough of a dent in Kemp's lead to make a runoff look possible. Ironically, this time around, it seems Democrats are having a tough time coming to terms with election results.

Abrams' political future is less certain.

Earlier Friday her team had floated to local reporters the possibility of mounting a long-shot legal bid to overturn the results of the election.

Scenes of thousands of people across the state reviewing ballots brought back memories of Florida's 2000 presidential recount, which ended only after the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in, effectively handing the presidency to Republican George W. Bush.

Trump praised the Democrat in lauding Kemp's victory, tweeting: "Congratulations to Brian Kemp on becoming the new Governor of Georgia". Presiding over his own election, massive voter suppression, bullshit accommodations in minority populated areas. Kemp's narrow margin already suggests that Georgia, a state Trump won by 5 percentage points in 2016, could be a genuine battleground in two years.

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