Stacey Abrams Refuses to Concede Georgia Governor's Race
Jordan Kirkland - November 7th, 2018
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams say she's not conceding the Georgia governor's race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp, arguing that the high stakes contest is too close to call.
Appearing before voters early Wednesday morning, Abrams said that there were still votes left on the table.
“I’m here to tell you tonight that votes remain to be counted,” Abrams told her supporters in Atlanta.
Kemp is ahead 50.5 percent to 48.6 percent with near 100% of precincts reporting, Permitted he doesn't fall below 50 percent, Kemp will be Georgia's next governor.
Abrams, however, is holding out hope, citing several reasons she's not conceding. The Democrat believes that three of the state's largest counties "have reported only a portion of the votes that were submitted by early mail" and four other large counties "have reported exactly 0 votes by mail," according to the campaign.
"These counties also represent heavily-Democratic leaning constituencies, and the majority of those votes are anticipated to be for Stacey Abrams," a statement from the campaign said.
If true, this could trigger a run-off between Kemp and Abrams. If neither candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote, then they will head for a Dec. 4 runoff — the first general election gubernatorial runoff in the state’s history.
“Tonight we have closed a gap between yesterday and tomorrow, but we still have a few more miles to go,” Abrams said. “Across our state, folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots, and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach.”
“But we cannot seize it until all voices are heard," Abrams continued. “And I promise you tonight, we're going to make sure that every vote is counted.”
The campaign says it is also waiting on absentee ballots to be counted.
"Across our state, folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots, and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach. But we cannot seize it until all voices are heard," Abrams said at the event early Wednesday morning. "And I promise you tonight, we're going to make sure that every vote is counted."
Abrams also hinted at potential voter suppression tactics caused by Kemp – without directly naming him.
“I’m not going to name names, but some have worked hard to take our votes away,” she said.
Democrats have accused Kemp, the GOP Secretary of State, of a conflict of interest as he refused to step away from his post overseeing state elections while he campaigned for governor.
On Sunday, Kemp made a dramatic announcement of “possible cyber crimes” by the Georgia Democratic Party.
The state Democratic Party and Abrams denied the accusations, claiming the announcement was merely an attempt to “suppress the vote.”
Abrams was attempting to become the state’s first black governor and the first female black governor in the whole nation.
Following the election, Kemp appeared in front voters, saying he had enough votes to become Georgia's next governor.
There have been no reports on whether or not there will be a runoff. On Twitter, Abrams promises "the best is yet to come."