Wednesday morning found Democrat Stacey Abrams still refusing to concede the Georgia governor’s race even in the face of her opponent’s lead.
“I’m here to tell you tonight that votes remain to be counted,” the woman who was poised to be the country’s first female black governor told supporters in Atlanta, The Associated Press reported.
Republican candidate Brian Kemp has a two point lead over Abrams, with 50.5 percent of the votes to her 48.6 percent as of Wednesday morning, with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.
If there are enough outstanding votes to trigger a run-off election, as the Abrams campaign believes, Georgia could see the first general election gubernatorial runoff in its 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,” she added. “And I promise you tonight, we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted.”
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7, 2018
Kemp, the state’s secretary of state, spoke at nearly 3 a.m. to supporters in his hometown of Athens.
“There are votes left to count, but we have a very strong lead,” he said. “And folks, make no mistake, the math is on our side to win this election.”
Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia House, implied that Kemp had made voting more difficult.
“I’m not going to name names, but some have worked hard to take our votes away,” the Democrat, who saw the likes of Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama campaigning for her, said.
The contentious race was filled with accusations of racism and voter suppression, including an alleged racist robo-call to voters ahead of Tuesday’s election. President Trump had told reporters that Abrams was “not qualified to be governor of Georgia, not qualified,” according to the New York Post.
The nonprofit group, Protect Democracy, announced that it filed a lawsuit Tuesday to prohibit Kemp from being involved in certifying voting results citing that his job of presiding over an election while being a candidate “violates a basic notion of fairness.”
The lawsuit was dismissed as a “twelfth-hour stunt” by the Secretary of State’s office spokeswoman Candice Broce, according to the Associated Press.
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