Stacey Abrams calls Brian Kemp the 'victor' in Georgia governor's race

Stacey Abrams wins major victory as judge rules all votes must be counted

Abrams' address to her supporters essentially concluded her bid for the governor's mansion, the final result of which had been in doubt since Election Day, but she noted that she was not officially conceding the race. Yet Abrams also must consider her own political future and the consequences of a protracted legal fight she might not win.

"Stoicism is a luxury, and silence is a weapon for those who would quiet the voices of the people, and I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right", she said, adding she would pray for Kemp's success to be a governor for all Georgians.

However, NPR reports she will be filing some sort of federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia, albeit one which won't challenge the outcome of this election. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I can not concede that". Georgia law requires a runoff if no candidate gets a majority of the vote, which is only a possibility because a third-party contender netted about 1 percent...

Abrams, a 44-year-old Yale-educated lawyer, has been a Democrat in the Georgia legislature for about 10 years, serving as minority leader from 2011 to 2017 in the traditionally Republican southern state.

They apparently believe the Georgia race is an opportunity to focus on alleged voter suppression - an issue that has not gained much interest from voters, the newspaper said.

As secretary of state Kemp was responsible for, and widely criticized for, voter purges that removed more than a million people from the rolls between 2012 and 2016.

She said she saw no legal path to overturn the results.

Kemp, who declared victory two days after the November 6 election, has said he is moving forward with his transition plans.

While it is viewed as a long-shot, any case that comes before the Georgia Supreme Court is one worth watching, given the precedence that it sets for all future rulings.

While Kemp had declared himself the victor on election night, Abrams, who would have been the first black woman governor in the nation, had been fighting for a recount.

"Governor-elect Brian Kemp earned a clear and convincing victory on Election Day". Kemp tried his hardest to steal the election.

The Georgia race has stoked a fierce new front in the national battle over voting rights and access to the polls.

US District Judge Leigh May ordered Gwinnett County election officials on Tuesday not to reject absentee ballots just because the voter's birth year is missing or wrong. He captured the Republican nomination in a July runoff, bolstered by Trump's support and by provocative television ads in which he brandished a shotgun at a teenager (to underscore his support for gun rights) and promised to round up "criminal illegals" in his pickup truck.

Clinton closed her speech with a snide remark about the size of Donald Trump's inauguration crowd - a fitting end to a speech about not being able to accept the results of a full and fair election with dignity.

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