Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams to challenge governor poll loss

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Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her campaign for governor of Georgia on Friday, lamenting voting irregularities that she said tainted the election but conceding that former Georgia secretary of state Brian Kemp would be declared the victor. Now, with the State of George on the brink of certifying the election in favor of Brian Kemp, the Georgia courts may see an unprecedented lawsuit from Abrams' campaign. "But to watch an elected official - who claims to represent the people in this state, baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people's democratic right to vote - has been truly appalling", Abrams said. By midday Friday, more than half of those counties had completed their review. The odds aren't in her favor; Abrams needs enough votes to pull Kemp under 50% of the vote to force a runoff and the recounts haven't provided almost enough uncounted ballots. Officials have until noon on Sunday to tally any votes missed by electronic voting machines.

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams is considering mounting a longshot legal challenge that could potentially force a new governor's race, a maneuver her opponent calls "beyond desperate". Three-quarters of all counties had completed that count. Over to you Andrew Gillum...

Polling in the days leading up the race showed a dead-heat between Abrams and Kemp, with libertarian candidate Ted Metz notching just enough support to deny the either of the favorites the majority required by Georgia law to win outright and avoid a December run-off.

"Governor-elect Brian Kemp earned a clear and convincing victory on Election Day". While federal courts ordered both states to extend counting timetables, and to accept thousands of rejected ballots-based on how people signed their absentee or provisional ballot envelope-Georgia had the most obstacles. They created an Election Day hotline, which they kept active for the rest of the week following Election Day.

The razor-thin margin between Abrams and Kemp is reflective of Georgia's march from once-solid Republican terrain toward becoming a purple state.

But those efforts were apparently not enough to slow or stop Kemp's ascension as governor. After the federal court rulings, the party found and ferried those voters to resolve any issue stopping their votes from being counted.

Earlier Friday, Abrams was considering filing a separate lawsuit contesting the results and demanding a new election. The campaign "has not produced a list of Georgians who were unable to vote".

Abrams capitalized on the state's shifting demographics and assembled a broad coalition that was eager to deliver a rebuke to President Donald Trump.

Jones declines Democrats and Abrams request to count provisional ballots that voters casted in the wrong county.

The potential action came as Georgia election officials appeared to be close to calling the race for Kemp.

Lawrence-Hardy told the AP that Abrams believes that many of her supporters, many of them minority and low-income voters who do not regularly vote, went to the polls and ran into electoral barriers, although she did not say what barriers they were.

Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams' campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of nearly three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised.

The legitimacy of Kemp's victory will shadow his administration, along with scrutiny of the laws and administrative rules that disenfranchised Georgia voters.

Abrams's announcement comes as several other races across the country remain unresolved.

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