Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Brian Kemp as the ‘Victor’ in Georgia’s Gubernatorial Race

Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.
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Stacey Abrams, a leader in the Georgia Democratic party locked in a tumultuous election stained by lawsuits and allegations of voter suppression, said Friday she is acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the “victor” in the race to be Georgia’s next governor, effectively ending the contest.

“But to watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in the state baldly pin his hopes for election on suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling,” Abrams said at a press conference at her headquarters in Atlanta.

“This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that,” she added.

Kemp resigned as the state’s secretary of state last week and started the process of transitioning into his new office, declaring himself the winner.

Legal victories since Election Day 11 days ago buoyed hope in the Abrams’ camp trying to earn enough votes to force a runoff or a recount. But come Friday, there did not appear to be enough outstanding ballots to overcome Kemp’s lead.

The state is able to certify election results Friday night, according to a ruling by a federal judge earlier this week.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Jeffrey Cook