Stacey Abrams Acknowledges Brian Kemp as Next Georgia Governor

Nov 16, 2018

Stacey Abrams spoke live on WSB TV Friday evening. Shortly after 5 pm, Abrams acknowledged that she cannot win the race for Georgia Governor. While she acknowledged Brian Kemp will become the next governor the state, she says she is still not conceding.

“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State will certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial elections…so let’s be clear, this is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper."

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Abrams says the state failed its voters and she blames that failure of democracy on the former Secretary of State.

She vowed to fight on as a private citizen with the formation of a new organization.

“I will pray for the success of Brian Kemp, but I will not leave it to prayers alone. Today I announce the launch of Fair Fight Georgia. An operation that will pursue accountability in Georgia’s elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voter rolls.”

Kemp's victory will extend the GOP's hold on the governor's mansion. His victory also is an important marker for Republicans ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Kemp's narrow margin already suggests that Georgia, a state President Donald Trump won by 5 percentage points in 2016, could be a genuine battleground in 2020.