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Stacy Abrams: "there is no viable remedy" for a win

(WJBF) - Democratic nominee for Georgia Governor, Stacey Abrams, acknowledged that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be Georgia's next governor.  But it was not a concession.

Stacey Abrams acknowledged the end of her quest to represent Georgia as the nation's first black female governor.  But did not concede...here's why

"To concede acknowledges something as right, true, or proper, and as a woman of conscience and faith I cannot concede that."

Highlighting the alleged voter suppression -- validated by federal court rulings -- that her opponent practiced as Secretary of State.  Kemp only resigned after pulling ahead on election night.  

Abrams specifically cited more than a million voters stripped from the rolls, and election night disasters, which disproportionately affected majority minority precincts -- things as simple planning for a fewer than half the specified number of machines, machines without power cords and woefully inadequate numbers of paper ballots.

"Under the watch of the former Secretary of State, Democracy failed Georgia."

Despite the scathing rebuke of Kemp's "deliberate and intentional" actions, Abrams returned to her roots as a the daughter of ministers.

"I will pray for the success of Brian Kemp."

And then focused her supporters forward to the future, imploring they not lash out or give up.

Abrams promised a federal lawsuit that has no benefit for her campaign...but is focused on the basic rights of Georgians, Republican or Democrat, to exercise their constitutional right to not only vote...but to have that vote count.

Abrams also cited a Republican State Representative who has lashed out against Georgia's alleged unfair elections -- and the lawsuits he has filed to fight that.  

Kemp is expected to speak Saturday.

In response to Stacey Abrams’ concession, Governor-elect Brian Kemp issued the following statement:

“Moments ago, Stacey Abrams conceded the race and officially ended her campaign for governor. I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service.  
"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.

“Under the leadership of Governors Perdue and Deal, our state has experienced unmatched growth and prosperity. We will work diligently in the transition process to build on their accomplishments and keep Georgia moving in the right direction.

“I humbly ask for citizens of our great state to stand with me in the days ahead. Together, we will realize the opportunities and tackle the challenges to come. We will be a state that puts hardworking Georgians – no matter their zip code or political preference - first!”


Original article below:

In a late Friday afternoon press conference, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams says she recognized there is no way she can win the seat as Georgia’s next Governor but says she is not 'conceding' this race.  

With angry words, Abrams says she acknowledges the win of former Secretary of State Brian Kemp but says that conceding would mean that she 'accepts' the method of his victory.  

Abrams claims that Brian Kemp disenfranchised voters and used unethical ways to win the seat partly by his refusal to recuse himself from the office of Secretary of State.  

Abrams spoke about the importance of having all votes counted regardless of party and claimed that in this instance, democracy failed the state of Georgia.  

She went on to say she prays for Brian Kemp with hope for a successful Governorship as the current Secretary of State prepares to certify the results of this election with Kemp as the victor. 

Abrams closed by saying the fight for speaking for voters in Georgia is not over.  The Abrams campaign will be filing a federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia’s board of elections in order to keep unethical election practices out of Georgia precincts.  

Abrams hopes that she can reach across the aisle and speaks for both major parties as she ended her speech saying, “the fight is not over”.

In response to Stacey Abrams’ concession, Governor-elect Brian Kemp issued the following statement:

“Moments ago, Stacey Abrams conceded the race and officially ended her campaign for governor. I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service.  
"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.

“Under the leadership of Governors Perdue and Deal, our state has experienced unmatched growth and prosperity. We will work diligently in the transition process to build on their accomplishments and keep Georgia moving in the right direction.

“I humbly ask for citizens of our great state to stand with me in the days ahead. Together, we will realize the opportunities and tackle the challenges to come. We will be a state that puts hardworking Georgians – no matter their zip code or political preference - first!”


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