Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor’s race as ballots are still being counted after her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, won by a slim margin amid allegations of voter suppression.
Kemp has begun transitioning into the new role as he leads by nearly 60,000 votes, according to USA Today. Kemp argues it is “mathematically impossible for Abrams to win,” the report notes.
Abrams says thousands of provisional and absentee ballots could draw her into either recount or runoff territory. In Georgia, if a candidate fails to more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election is called, the report says.
Kemp served at Georgia’s Secretary of State and was in charge of the state’s elections during his campaign for governor, resigning after Election Day. Kemp has been hit by allegations of suppression after he purged voter rolls and froze more than 50,000 voter registrations, writes the news outlet.
“Stacey Abrams’ antics are a disgrace to democracy and completely ignore the will of the people,” a statement from Kemp’s campaign read. “Georgia voters have spoken. It’s time for Abrams to listen and concede immediately.”
For its part, the Abrams campaign is asking voters to share their stories of issues they had while voting, noting complaints during registration, early voting, and on Election Day.
“Voter suppression looks a lot of different ways,” Lauren Wroh-Gargo, Abrams campaign manager, said at a press conference in Atlanta. “It looks like database errors. It looks like negligence of duty.”
Activists, including the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the NAACP, held a rally Saturday to urge Abrams to continue to push for every vote to be counted.
“That is a promise she made,” Ben Williams, president of the Cobb County branch of the SCLC, told The Associated Press.
The campaign has also hosted provisional ballot phone banks and volunteers called voters and urged them to go to their county boards of elections and make sure their vote was counted.
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