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Georgia: Stacey Abrams Vows to Keep Fighting in Tight Governor's Race
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49487"><span class="small">Oliver Laughland and Khushbu Shah, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 11:42

Excerpt: "The outcome of a closely watched and bitterly contested governor's race in Georgia hung in the balance in the early hours of Wednesday morning as the Democrat, Stacey Abrams, refused to concede the election and her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, did not claim victory."

Democratic candidate for Georgia's Governor Stacy Abrams. (photo: John Bazemore/AP)
Democratic candidate for Georgia's Governor Stacy Abrams. (photo: John Bazemore/AP)


Georgia: Stacey Abrams Vows to Keep Fighting in Tight Governor's Race

By Oliver Laughland and Khushbu Shah, Guardian UK

07 November 18

 

he outcome of a closely watched and bitterly contested governor’s race in Georgia hung in the balance in the early hours of Wednesday morning as the Democrat, Stacey Abrams, refused to concede the election while her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, did not claim victory.

Abrams, vying to become America’s first female African American governor, trailed Kemp by just under 100,000 votes out of more than 3.8m votes counted as her campaign maintained there were still enough ballots left to count to take the race to a runoff election.

Kemp did not declare outright victory as Luke Bryan’s country song Chuggin’ Along blasted through the speakers. Rather, he avoided mentioning the specific results, saying: “We have votes to count but we have a very strong lead.” He added: “I’m confident victory is near” as he mentioned the math looked good for his side.

In a rousing speech at the Regency Ballroom in Atlanta, Abrams vowed to make sure “every vote is counted” as her campaign maintained that tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots could mean Kemp would not take the required 50% to claim victory outright.

“Democracy only works when we work for it. When we fight for it. When we demand it,” Abrams said. “And apparently, today, when we stand in lines for hours to meet it at the ballot box.”

The race in Georgia, a state in the deep south that Donald Trump won by 5.16 percentage points in 2016, was among the most closely watched in the US midterms. Abrams, who ran a progressive campaign reliant on grassroots activism, was pitted against Kemp, a longtime Trump loyalist who controversially continued to serve as the secretary of state, in charge of elections, throughout the campaign amid renewed allegations of voter suppression.

Both Abrams and Kemp drew some of the biggest names in US politics to their campaigns, with Barack Obama and Donald Trump each appearing at rallies in support of their party’s candidate.

Late into Tuesday night, a number of polling stations were ordered to stay open, due to technical delays, with some voters reporting they had voted right before midnight.

In Gwinnett county, in suburban Atlanta, Annistown elementary school reported power outages and delays, resulting in hours-long waits. County officials there eventually moved to keep the polling station open past 9pm.

Across other parts of Atlanta, lines wrapped around city blocks. At a church in Fulton county, more than two hundred people waited to vote in Midtown during their lunch breaks.

Abrams trailed all evening, leading to a muted atmosphere throughout much of her watch party on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the night, the Georgia congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis came out to address the crowd.

“Don’t give up. Don’t get lost in a sea of despair. Keep the faith. We can win and we must win. Be hopeful, be optimistic. There’s a lot of votes out there, they just need to be counted,” he said.

“I say over and over again, so many of you are so young, worked so hard. The vote is still the most powerful non-violent tool we have.”

Abrams’s campaign said that tens of thousands of absentee ballots were yet to be counted, along with an untold number of provisional ballots. Her campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, told the crowds in Atlanta she believed the numbers were there to push Kemp into a December runoff election.

“It’s going to still be a long night and we’re unlikely to have anything definitive to say until the morning,” she said. “We will fight for every vote.”

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+5 # Robbee 2018-11-07 15:59
Georgia: Stacey Abrams Vows to Keep Fighting in Tight Governor's Race, 07 November 18

- seize the voting machines!

seize the absentee ballots!

seize the provisional ballots!

count the vote!
 
 
+3 # Robbee 2018-11-07 16:06
the only place to “fight for every vote” is a federal courthouse!
 
 
+10 # tsyganka 2018-11-07 18:51
Kemp is being sued by Greg Palast and the NAACP Kemp used slimy Kris Kobach's list (Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program) to purge qualified voters. In any honorable country, Kemp would not have been allowed to run in an election in which he controlled who could vote. I think a runoff should be held regardless of the results of counting the mail-in and provisional ballots - IF they ARE counted at all in corrupt Kemp's corrupt system.

Again and always, we need paper ballots, counted and recounted by hand before Any electronic voodoo is allowed.

If the lawsuit against Kemp winds up in the SCOTUS, I have no confidence in an honest outcome. Fascist Kavanaugh helped organize and also participated in the so-called Brooks Brothers Riot/Dockers Rebellion in which legislative aides were flown in from DC to intimidate and threaten Florida vote-counters in the so-called election that resulted in the appointment of non-elected Bush.

Twenty-six states are being sued for voter repression.
 
 
+9 # Wise woman 2018-11-07 20:03
Stacey, win or lose, is in there for the good fight and the long haul. She will be around for long time and her message will be heard. I wish her good luck no matter the outcome.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2018-11-07 21:04
This election isn't over. In addition to Abrams (go Stacey), Ben Nelson in Florida is headed for a required recount and there are 15 house seats headed for recount as well.
 
 
+2 # kcmwilson 2018-11-07 21:48
As Kemp's vote percentage drops closer and closer to falling below the 50% mark watch for Kemp to figure a way to bring a halt to the vote count and the election validation...he is dirtier than the sole of a swamp walking thief...k