Tydens 'n verskyning op MSNBC's “Die Rachel Maddow Show,” Abrams het gesê dat op Nov. 16, 10 days after that year’s election, sy “erken” she would not be Georgia’s next governor and that Kemp had won the election. Egter, sy refused to officially concede, saying the election was rigged by voter suppression, and even made subsequent claims she was the true winner.
While Abrams did not mount a legal challenge to her defeat after Nov. 16, her group Fair Fight Action filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia election laws in 2019.
Left-wing host Rachel Maddow prefaced the discussion on Abram’s past campaign by claiming that Kemp, who was serving as Georgia’s secretary of state at the time, engaged in “voter suppression tactics” to benefit his candidacy.
She noted that Abrams had been “omstrede” about the loss and claimed it wasn’t “a fair fight,” before asking her how she thought that such a dynamic had affected the race.
“On the 16th of November when I acknowledged that I would not become governor, that he had won the election, I did not challenge the outcome of the election unlike some recent folks did,” Abrams said, seemingly referring to the legal challenges by former President Trump and Republican allies after his 2020 election defeat. “What I said was that the system was not fair, and leaders challenge systems. Leaders say we can do better. And that’s what I declared.”
“I could not in good conscience say that in order to protect my political future I’m going to be silent about the political present, which is that we have a system under a leader that sought to keep people from casting their ballot, that threw those ballots out, that said that voter suppression was a viable tactic for winning elections,” het sy bygevoeg.
Gedurende die 2018 veldtog, Kemp had been accused, sonder bewyse, of voter suppression tactics stemming from his duties as secretary of state to manage the elections process, including canceling inactive voter registrations. He maintained, egter, that he was fairly applying Georgia law when it came to voter issues amid calls for his resignation. During his tenure, voter registration and turnout surged in Georgia, which now has two Democratic U.S. Senators for the first time in decades.
“Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, waar, or proper,” Abrams told the crowd on Nov. 16, 2018, after it became clear she wouldn’t force Kemp into a runoff. “As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede. But my assessment is that the law currently allows no further viable remedy.”
A number of media outlets noted Abram’s refusal to concede the election at the time, including The New Yorker, which wrote a piece with the headline: “Stacey Abrams Ends Her Race for Governor of Georgia, but Doesn’t Quite Concede.”
As Abrams continued railing against Kemp and her loss in the months following the election, other outlets continued reporting on her refusal to concede. Yahoo! News wrote a piece opskrif: “Why Stacey Abrams still won’t concede,” while The New York Times published n onderhoud that included Abrams claiming she actually won the election, but just didn’t get to have the job.
“I legally acknowledge that Brian Kemp secured a sufficient number of votes under our existing system to become the governor of Georgia. I do not concede that the process was proper, nor do I condone that process,” she said in the April 2019 onderhoud.
“Concession means to say that the process was fair, but when I run an organization that in 10 days between election night and the night I refuse to concede we receive more than 50,000 phone calls for people who were denied the right to vote I am complicit if I say that that system is fair,” Abrams told “CBS vanoggend” later that same year.
Abrams, who has spoken openly about her White House ambitions, announced this week she would again run for governor of Georgia in the 2022 verkiesing.