Stacey Abrams Prepares 'UNPRECEDENTED MOVE' to Force SECOND VOTE — LAST DITCH EFFORT

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Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia, with Democrat Stacey Abrams admitting Friday afternoon following a bitter 10-day battle since Election Day that there was no path to victory.

"Let's be clear. This is not a speech of concession".

The suit, filed Sunday by the Democratic Party of Georgia and the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, sought to validate and count thousands of absentee and provisional ballots across the state rejected by county election officials.

In her speech late Friday, Abrams vowed to launch a new group, Fair Fight Georgia, that would not rest until the state's draconian voting laws were replaced by fairer and more inclusive rules and procedures. "Because concession means to acknowledge an act is right, true or proper", she said. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I can not concede that".

"But my assessment is the law now allows no further viable remedy", she concluded. Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don't want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post. This stops now. The GOP has been warned that we'll fight back.

She railed against the election process and said there were mistakes that "clearly altered the outcome".

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is considering asking a court to intervene in her race against Republican Brian Kemp and order an extraordinary second round of voting in response to charges of election irregularities.

Read the full report at the Associated Press.

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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. It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the victor of a bitterly fought campaign that's been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.

"I don't want to hold public office if I have to scheme my way into the post because the title of governor isn't almost as important as our shared title - voters", she said.

"In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections". His detractors said he spent years making it harder for minorities and poor people to register and vote; he countered by arguing that his policies protected the integrity of the rolls and the elections.

Kemp tried to move past the contentious campaign even if his opponent wasn't willing.

Abrams had hoped to become the first black governor of Georgia and the first black female governor of any state. But she also recognized that a protracted legal fight would harm that cause and potentially her political future.

Kemp's victory was made possible through a come-from-behind surge in the Republican primary earlier this year, in which he received the endorsement of President Trump and aired a series of provocative TV ads in which he wielded guns and pledged to round up "criminal illegals" in his pickup truck.

As of Thursday, Abigail Collazo, Abrams' communication director, said the campaign needed 15,437 more votes to trigger a recount and 17,751 votes to trigger a runoff.

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.

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