Former Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams, questioned the legitimacy of her defeat in 2018 at an event in New York on Wednesday, saying she was refusing to concede the race to Republican Governor Brian Kemp, while accusing the GOP of stealing the election.
"Despite the final count and the inauguration [of Gov. Brian Kemp] and the situation in which we find ourselves, I have a very affirmative statement to make: we have won, "she told the crowd at the annual convention of the National Action Network of Reverend Al Sharpton.
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Abrams has been touted as a Democrat and would have been the first female African American governor in America to have won. She lost to Kemp by more than 54,000 votes, but repeatedly refused to concede the result.
"The dealership has to say that something is right and true and correct," said Abrams, according to the Washington Examiner. "You can not make me believe it was right."
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During his campaign, Abrams was supported by prominent personalities and prominent Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. The results were controversial because Kemp, then Georgian secretary of state, had overseen the elections.
Civil rights groups have accused Kemp of repressing the voting rights of low-income people and minorities, using "perfectly identical" state law. The law requires election officials to report any application for voter registration if the identifying information does not match that of the voter contained in the existing registers.
A group supported by Abrams filed a federal lawsuit in January over the alleged crackdown on voters. Kemp denied depriving his constituents of his right.
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The name Abrams has been nominated as vice-presidential candidate for former Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a candidacy for the Democratic White House for 2020. It has also been said Abrams was considering running for the 2020 presidency.