Stacey Abrams May Do the Unthinkable If Republican Declared Winner

  • 2018-11-16
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Stacey Abrams May Do the Unthinkable If Republican Declared Winner
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams may take unprecedented action should state officials declare GOP nominee Brian Kemp victorious.

File a legal challenge calling for an entirely new election.

The Daily Wire's Hank Berrien reports:

As the Associated Press (AP) reports, Adams and her team may rely on a state statute that has never been used for a race as important as a governor’s race in Georgia. Even before the election, Abrams ripped Kemp, saying on MSNBC, “Brian Kemp has been an exquisite architect of voter suppression for the last decade, and the outside agitators he so blithely dismisses include Asian American groups based in the state of Georgia, Latino groups based in the state of Georgia, African American community organizations based in the state of Georgia who have been doing this work for decades.”

AP is still refusing to call a winner in the race and state officials have not certified the results, despite the fact that Kemp, who has been serving as Georgia’s secretary of state, received roughly 50.2% of the vote, leaving him about 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority. That margin is large enough so that a December 4 runoff would not be required.

AP notes, “Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised. Abrams would then decide whether to go to court under a provision of Georgia election law that allows losing candidates to challenge results based on ‘misconduct, fraud or irregularities ... sufficient to change or place in doubt the results.’”

If Abrams pursues such a path, she would claim that irregularities were so numerous that 18,000 or more voters were prevented from voting or had their ballots destroyed. Lawrence-Hardy told AP Abrams thinks many of her minority and poorer voters unused to voting met roadblocks when they tried to vote. She added, “These stories to me are such that they have to be addressed. It’s just a much bigger responsibility. I feel like our mandate has blossomed. ... Maybe this is our moment.”

Cathy Cox, a Democrat who served as Georgia's secretary of state for eight years said any legal challenge by the Abrams campaign has little chance of success, telling the Associated Press, "I would say with pretty great confidence there has probably never been an election ... without some irregularity, where some poll worker did not make some mistake.

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