After vote counts, lawsuits, recounts, and more lawsuits, Republican Brian Kemp is finally Governor-Elect for the state of Georgia a full 10 days after the Nov. 6 election. Democrat Stacy Abrams said in a speech that while she wasn’t officially conceding, she did acknowledge that Kemp would be the next governor of Georgia. He immediately took to the airways and said that Abrams had conceded the race and officially ended her campaign for governor.
“I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service,” he said. “The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”
Abrams was not so conciliatory in her comments, but she did thank her supporters and noted that they had done what many had said was not possible in Georgia.
“I am so proud of the movement we built. Together, we redefined the politics of possible in the Deep South. We won state House races and Senate races and a new seat in Congress. We put America on notice that change is not coming – it has arrived. And you made it so. When we kicked off our campaign in Albany almost a year and a half ago, we were told we would never win the Democratic primary. And then we did. The pundits and pollsters said that a candidate like me in a state like Georgia would never poll above 30%. We did. And when they said this race would be a walk for Republicans, they shifted Georgia from “Safe Republican” to “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up” in the same breath,” she said, going on to say, “Because of your support, a little Black girl from the Deep South was within striking distance of a sitting Republican Secretary of State to be Georgia’s 83rd Governor.”
Abrams concluded with an announcement that she is launching a major lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the” gross mismanagement of the election.”
In his announcement, Kemp went on to tout the growth and prosperity of the state under the two previous Republican governors, Sonny Perdue and outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal and promised to build on their accomplishments.