Democratic candidate admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor's race

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Top Abrams advisers outlined her prospective case to The Associated Press, stressing that the Democratic candidate hasn't finalized a decision about whether to proceed once state officials certify Kemp as the victor. Abrams repeated numerous accusations she's made against Kemp for years (they often jousted in court and in the media thanks to her role as a champion of minority voter registration, which often involved fighting Kemp as a vote-suppressing election administrator), and also announced she would soon help form a new group (named Fair Fight Georgia) aimed at continuing the fight for restored voting rights in Georgia.

Judge Jones is the fourth Federal judge in the past three days to find that Kemp's administration violated the United States Constitution during the 2018 election.

Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp greet each other before a debate last month in Atlanta. Stacey Abrams is not afraid to stand up to Trump and stand up for Latino communities.

Aides close to Abrams said that since the election she had been wrestling with competing priorities: She wanted to advance her assertions that Georgia's elections process makes it too hard for some citizens to vote.

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. She accused Kemp of using the secretary of state's office to aggressively purge the rolls of inactive voters, enforce an "exact match" policy for checking voters' identities that left thousands of registrations in limbo and other measures to tile the outcome in his favor.

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.

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.

"The state failed its voters", Abrams said, laying out a litany of examples what she described as "human error and a system of suppression".

"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward", said Kemp in a tweet.

Abrams' political future is less certain.

The final results of the Georgia election showed Kemp up about 1.5 points over Abrams.

While it is viewed as a long-shot, any case that comes before the Georgia Supreme Court is one worth watching, given the precedence that it sets for all future rulings.

Stacey Abrams, who galvanized Georgia Democrats in her quest to become the first black woman to be elected governor anywhere in the United States, ended her campaign to lead this state Friday. "And I will not concede because the erosion of our democracy is not right".

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.

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