‘You’re going to have a chance to do a do-over!’ Stacey Abrams REFUSES to concede Georgia governor’s race as she predicts absentee ballots will shrink Republican foe’s lead enough to trigger December runoff

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
By Paul Martin

Stacy Abrams finished in second place in the George governor’s race; apparent Republican victor Brian Kemp won barely enough votes to avoid a runoff
She refosed to concede in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, predicting that absentee ballots would grant her enough to trigger a runoff
Georgia requires gubernatorial candidates to get a majority of votes
Donald Trump had boasted of Kemp’s qualifications and questioned those of Abrams: ‘If she gets in, Georgia goes backwards’
She said Sunday on ‘Meet The Press’ that she is ‘the most qualified candidate,’ as she invoked an endorsement from Barack Obama
Trump told a Macon, Georgia, crowd on Sunday afternoon, ‘Stacey Abrams is one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country’

By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
DAILYMAIL.COM
7 November 2018

A defiant Stacey Abrams refused to concede the Georgia governor’s race early Wednesday morning, telling her Demorcatic supporters that despite trailing by about 3 percentage points she expected to come back enough to trigger a December runoff.

‘You’re going to have a chance to do a do-over,’ she said, talking to voters in a state where nearly 3.8 million people cast votes in a contest that held the potential for her to be the first black female chief exective of a U.S. state.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, led Abrams with 51 per cent of the vote to her 48 per cent. The state’s election law calls for a runoff when no candidate wins an outright majority of votes.

If Kemp’s lead were 40,000 votes narrower, he would be beneath that threshold.

‘Votes remain to be counted,’ Abrams said. ‘There are voices waiting to be heard. Across our state folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots, and we believe our chance for a stronger georgia is just within reach.’

Tens of thousands of absentee votes were mailed to Georgia election officials.

‘I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted. Every single vote! Every vote’s getting counted!’ she said.

Kemp pulled ahead early in the state that traditionally supports Republicans and never seemed to lose momentum as he collected support from President Donald Trump.

Abrams had backing from Oprah Winfrey, Will Ferrell and Barack Obama, and turned much of the campaign into a referendum on voter suppression and hacking scandals linked to her Republican foe.

Kemp ran in lockstep with the president, who campaigned by his side on Sunday in Macon. Trump said that he would be a ‘great executive’ and Georgia would go ‘backwards’ if Abrams was elected.

Ugly race-based assaults on Abrams were flying around in the final days of the campaign, after a white nationalist group deployed robocalls mimicking Winfrey.

A comment from the president calling Abrams’ qualifications into question also ruffled feathers. She’s a Yale-educated lawyer who served as the state’s House minority leader.

Kemp was fending off attacks of his own after he made unfounded claims about an alleged hacking attempt he pinned on Georgia’s Democratic Party. He also faced calls to resign as secretary of state from Abrams and others amid litigation over the state’s implementation of voter identification law.

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