Abrams Ends Georgia Bid With Fiery Parting Shot

Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial Candidate, Stacey Abrams speaks during So So Def 25th Cultural Curren$y Tour at State Farm Arena on October 21, in Atlanta.

Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia's closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement" of a bitterly fought election.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. said the "election is being stolen from" Abrams.

She already faces a narrow path to the governor's mansion.

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

Abrams' announcement effectively hands victory to Republican Brian Kemp in a bitter race that has drawn national attention both for her historic campaign and for Kemp's role as the state's top election administrator.

"After all of the theatrics, the math remains the same", Kemp campaign spokesman Cody Hall said in an email.

Speaking at the University of Texas at Austin, Clinton suggested that voter suppression is responsible for Abrams' likely loss to Republican Brian Kemp, and that had Abrams faced a "fair race", she'd have won. "This election is over". One is Secretary of State candidate (and former congressman) John Barrow, and it might offer some vindication to Abrams and her supporters if Barrow were to end the GOP's stranglehold over election administration. And the numbers could change again as federal courts issue new guidance on counting certain provisional and absentee ballots.

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But Abrams had vowed to press on for almost two weeks, with her campaign framing it as a much bigger fight for voting rights, especially among minority voters.

In the tense and testy closing weeks of the race, just about all that Georgia's Democrats and Republicans could agree on - besides desperately wanting the campaign to be over - was that Abrams would have carried a vastly different agenda into the governor's office. To comply with orders by U.S. District Judges Jones and May, all counties were required to count absentee by mail ballots where those ballots were previously rejected exclusively due to missing or inaccurate dates of birth.

The order stems from a request in a lawsuit filed on Sunday by the Abrams campaign.

The Abrams campaign has almost three dozen lawyers working on the potential case and considering other legal options.

He declined to extend the period during which evidence could be submitted to prove the eligibility of voters who cast provisional ballots.

Abrams had previously described Kemp as an "architect of voter suppression" and in her remarks said he had purposefully made the process a "gut-wrenching hardship" for many in Georgia. Her campaign even planned for possible litigation to challenge the election's certified outcome.

US District Judge Amy Totenberg late on Monday ordered state officials not to do their final certification of election results before 5pm today.

"Without a preliminary injunction, the voters whose ballots have been rejected on improper grounds or without a chance to cure the rejection will lose their opportunity to vote in this election; an injury that money can not compensate", U.S. District Judge Steve Jones said in issuing the emergency ruling.

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