Stacey Abrams acknowledges Brian Kemp will win Georgia gubernatorial race

Stacey Abrams acknowledges Brian Kemp will win Georgia gubernatorial race

After a history-making run, Georgia's Stacey Abrams reaches the end of this particular road.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams admitted defeat in her effort to become the first black female US governor on Friday, but said she planned to sue the state over voting problems and "gross mismanagement" of the election. Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don't want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post.

Abrams made her announcement just after 5 p.m.

Abrams and progressive groups filed multiple lawsuits over the past week to try to get thousands of discounted provisional and absentee ballots counted. Abrams' campaign had contended there were potentially enough uncounted votes to force a runoff. Had she won, Abrams would have become the first black woman elected to be a state governor in USA history.

Operating "as though the secretary of state's taxpayer-funded office [was] an arm of the campaign", as Abrams' campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, told NPR last week, Kemp kicked more than 100,000 Georgians off the voter rolls and changed 53,000 people's voter status to "pending" due to clerical errors on their registration forms.

Kemp stormed to the Republican nomination behind an unabashedly conservative platform and an endorsement from President Donald Trump.

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

A spokesman for the Kemp campaign didn't answer his phone and didn't immediately respond to a text message seeking comment after Abrams' speech.

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Trump cited voter fraud in the 2016 election and accused Democrats of foul play in their bid to win the tight Florida Senate and governor's races, the newspaper noted.

The Democrat's longshot strategy relied on a statute that's never been used in such a high-stakes contest.

"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward", Kemp said on Twitter. "He denied her requests to create new voters and slammed the door on attempts to count illegal votes".

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". The election is over and Brian Kemp is the Governor-elect.

Trump praised the Democrat in lauding Kemp's victory, tweeting: "Congratulations to Brian Kemp on becoming the new Governor of Georgia".

Scott's campaign has called on Nelson to drop out, saying it was mathematically impossible to make up the difference of about 12,600 votes, 0.15 per cent of the more than 8 million ballots cast.

Earlier Friday, the Associated Press said Abrams was considering challenging the election results in a state court.

"Pundits and hyper-partisans will hear my words as a rejection of the normal order", Abrams said.

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