Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Brian Kemp As Georgia’s New Governor But Will Not Concede

November 16, 2018  |  
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Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams Holds Election Night Event In Atlanta

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Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams delivered a speech earlier today acknowledging that Brian Kemp will become the next governor of Georgia, thus ending her candidacy.

According to the Washington Post, her speech came after more than a week of legal measures to find enough votes to reduce Kemp’s lead and forcing a December 4 runoff.

Abrams, who has spent much of her career advocating for voters’ rights and registering voters, claimed throughout her campaign that Kemp had suppressed voters with restrictive voter registration and identification laws which cleared more than a million people from the rolls.

Up until this morning, Abrams was working to prove that Kemp used misconduct, fraud and irregularities to earn 50.2 percent of the vote.

In the midst of all of this, Kemp called Abrams’ campaign sad and desperate.

While Abrams stated that she was ready to acknowledge that Kemp would be the state’s new governor, she was clear that this was not a concession speech.

See a portion of her speech in the video below.

“On election night, I declared that our fight to count every fight is not about me. It is about us. It is about the democracy that we share and a responsibility to preserve our way of life. Our democracy because voting is not a right for some. It is a right for all and it is not a privilege. I stand here today, as witness to that truth. This election is about all of us as is the resolution of this moment. I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election. But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression on the people’s democratic right to vote has been appalling.

So let’s be clear, this is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge that an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscious and faith, I cannot concede that. But my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy. Now, I could certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive. But I don’t want to hold public office if I have to scheme my way into the post. Because the title of governor isn’t nearly as important as our shared title: voters. And that is why we fight on and why I want to say thank you.”

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