Stacey Abrams Refuses To Concede In Georgia’s Race For Governor

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the race for governor of Georgia, is not conceding to her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, arguing that it’s still too close to call.

If she wins, Abrams will be the first female black governor the country’s ever had.

Kemp is currently leading by almost 68,000 votes, but three of the state’s largest counties “have reported only a portion of the votes were submitted by early mail.” Four other big counties “have reported exactly 0 votes by mail,” Abrams’ campaign reported. These seven counties together “are expected to return a minimum of 77,000 ballots.”

A statement given to CNN by Abrams’ campaign read, “These counties also represent heavily-Democratic leaning constituencies, and the majority of those votes are anticipated to be Stacey Abrams.”

Early Wednesday morning, Abrams told supporters gathered in Atlanta,

“We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach, but we cannot seize it until all voices are heard. And I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted. Every single vote. Every vote’s getting counted. Because I’ll tell you this, in a civilized nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere. Not just in certain places and not just on a certain day.”

Georgia suffered all sorts of horrendous voting problems on Tuesday, with malfunctioning machines and long lines.

Kemp has been widely accused of voter suppression and a lawsuit was filed against him for a conflict of interest as he refused to step down from his post of overseeing state elections.

He told his supporters, “There are votes left to count. But we have a very strong lead. And folks, make no mistake, the math is on our side to win this election.”

While Kemp currently has 50.4 percent of the votes counted, but Abrams is hoping that provisional and absentee ballots will put him back below it. Under Georgia law, if neither candidate receives 50 percent of the votes, there will be a runoff in early December.

The fight’s not over yet!

h/t CNN


Written by Dean Altman

Dean Altman is a writer living in NYC.