Abrams preparing new challenge in Georgia race — APNewsBreak

Brian Kemp

"Make no mistake, the former secretary of state was deliberate and intentional in his actions", Abrams said in her speech.

Mr Kemp, however, declared the election "over".

Lawrence-Hardy told the AP that Abrams will weigh legal considerations alongside her belief that many of her backers - particularly minority and poorer voters who don't regularly go to the polls - heeded her call to participate and ran into barriers.

The Associated Press earlier reported that Abrams' campaign chairwoman Allegra Lawrence-Hardy was working a team of almost three dozen lawyers who were drafting their petition against the results. Abrams, who was vying to become the first black woman ever elected governor in US history, had alleged throughout the campaign that Kemp, who stepped down as secretary of state after the election, had been working to disenfranchise minority voters and suppress new registrations.

Abrams had hoped to become the first black governor of Georgia and the first black female governor of any state.

"Voting is not a right for some - it is a right for all, and it is not a privilege", Abrams emphasized, echoing the mindset of African-Americans who fought only decades ago for the right to vote - which was especially suppressed in places in the Deep South, and in Georgia.

All of that is playing out against the backdrop of Kemp's unabashed embrace of President Donald Trump's nationalism.

The speech was not, however, a concession, she said, because "concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper".

A spokesman for the Kemp campaign didn't answer his phone and didn't immediately respond to a text message seeking comment after Abrams' speech.

"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward", Kemp said on Twitter. Williams and the others were jailed on misdemeanor charges of disrupting the General Assembly after dozens packed the Capitol rotunda and began chanting: "Count every vote!" Her campaign even planned for possible litigation to challenge the election's certified outcome.

Officials said Mr. Kemp had the most votes in the election, but Ms. Abrams contested there were outstanding that votes that had to be counted, including absentee and provisional ballots. Kemp said he was trying to maintain the integrity of Georgia's voter rolls.

The secretary of state's office has instructed counties to complete the reviews by 5 p.m. Friday.

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

"The Secretary of State's office has been working closely with counties to ensure compliance with several judicial orders and existing statutes". But Mr Jones also rejected the campaign's other requests.

The Associated Press (AP) reported her team amassed almost three-dozen lawyers who will draft a petition, along with affidavits from voters and would-be voters who argue that they were allegedly disenfranchised during the election.

They want people to call their voter protection hotline at 1-888-730-5816.

"If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it".

As Abrams ended her campaign, she returned to a theme that had surfaced throughout: that Kemp, who was the Georgia secretary of state until the Thursday after the election, had used his position to suppress voting and ease his path into the governor's mansion. But she also recognized that a protracted legal fight would harm that cause and potentially her political future.

Once the judge rules, the loser has 10 days to appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court. That could happen as early as Friday evening.

The Abrams campaign has almost three dozen lawyers working on the potential case and considering other legal options. Kemp now has 50.2 percent of the vote and 18,000 more votes than he needs to avoid a run-off.

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