Stacey Abrams Will Not Concede: 'Every Voice Matters'
85,000 votes were suppressed by Brian Kemp; Abrams is holding out to make sure no one gets shut out of being counted.
In an election where corruption coated democracy, racism threatened freedom, and where Oprah Winfrey felt the need to take her billion-dollar self to the doors of voters, Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is making sure that every single voter's voice is heard.
Brian Kemp, a Trump conservative, is ahead according to polls, but over 70,000 ballots are still in the wings. Abrams, who has been in a civil rights and voter suppression fight, says it's not over.
"I'm here tonight to tell you votes remain to be counted. There's voices that are waiting to be heard," Abrams told supporters early Wednesday morning gathered in Atlanta.
"We are going to make sure that every vote is counted — because, in a civilized nation, the machinery of democracy should work everywhere for everyone. Not just in certain places and not just on a certain day."
Kemp ran a race while overseeing the elections as secretary of state-- the epitome of a fixed fight. And it was permitted.
As of this morning, Kemp led by about 75,000 votes; more than 85,000 registrations were canceled through August 1 of this year alone.
Former President Jimmy Carter, a Georgian, said this conflict of interest ran "counter to the most fundamental principle of democratic elections—that the electoral process be managed by an independent and impartial election authority."
NAACP president Derrick Johnson, who believes Kemp should've stepped down from his secretary of state role, said, "I wish we could bring criminal charges against how he's treating our democracy during this election cycle."
But rules and ethics and even the Constitution, in Trump's America, in racist America, don't matter.
Abrams campaign said that some of the largest counties have a portion of votes submitted by early mail, and several more that have not reported mail votes yet. The campaign statement said, the seven counties that are heavily Democratic and expected to be pro Abrams "are expected to return a minimum of 77,000 ballots."
Several locations had to extend voting hours due to technical glitches with machines and some used paper ballots.
Some voters didn't trust the paper and waited.
Travon Stanton waited for more than an hour at Anderson-Livsey Elementary, in Gwinnett County. "I want to have my voice heard," Stanton said.
"This election has tested our faith," Abrams said Wednesday. "I'm not going to name names, but some have worked hard to take our voices away."
Days before the election, University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock said that message is what has brought people out to the polls:
"I think it's going to have a mobilizing effect," he said. "It may bring to the polls some individual who otherwise wasn't that interested in voting, just to demonstrate that they do have this right, and they are going to protect their right."
Voters filed a lawsuit against Kemp to protect the election process at the close of polls on Tuesday. It claims he cannot be impartial in any vote recount or oversee any remaining part of the election. Both candidates are gearing up for a potential runoff as the votes may not be certified for days to come.
"It's incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary — and then remain in his hotel room watching TV," David Frum said on Twitter.
Light, steady rain resulted in President Trump cancelling plans to attend a commemoration in France on Saturday to honor U.S. soldiers killed during World War I.
"I was looking beyond my own tragedy," Lucy McBath said.
Winning in a district with affluent white voters as the majority, Lucy McBath was advised initially during her campaign not to talk about the details of her 17-year-old son's murder.
Instead, she not only mentioned Jordan Davis' story, she also called attention to the reality of other Black teens like him, including Trayvon Martin.
McBath, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Karen Handel who had been elected to represent Georgia's 6th Congressional District just last year.
"Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point."
North Dakota's Heidi Heitkemp, historically a Native American voter's choice, loses in landslide to Trump ally.
Despite record numbers of Native Americans to the polls in North Dakota (thanks to the voter ID efforts), the candidate that had overwhelming support from them in previous elections, Heidi Heitkamp, lost in a landslide to Trump supporter Kevin Cramer (44.6%. vs. 55.4%).
Native voters topped turnouts from 2008 election with 5,100 votes from Native Americans, but activists still said poll workers turned away voters because of tribal identification letters or address discrepancies.
Trump announced on Twitter a new acting attorney general.
U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the man who the late civil rights leader Coretta Scott King warned the country about in 1986, and who was once the face of Trumpism, is now out of a job.
"The American public was more likely to elect a person of color to the House than House members were to hire top staff of color," according to a Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies report.
As a result of Tuesday's midterm elections, Democrats have won a majority in the House of Representatives, and Republicans will remain in control of the Senate, but Congress, as a whole, needs to make diversity a priority when it comes to hiring top staff members.
The students involved said it was meant to be a joke.
Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia's marching band, whose instrument covers spell out their mascot "Broncos," rearranged them to spell a racial slur that once again shocked fans and had band directors under the microscope.
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These threats of violence follow numerous attacks on Abrams and her campaign.
The midterm elections have been rifled with racist rhetoric against Black gubernatorial candidates like Florida's Andrew Gillum and Georgia's Stacey Abrams. But the rhetoric hit a head with the pledge of violence if Abrams wins the election in Georgia.