Abrams tells those discouraged by Brian Kemp's win amid voter suppression speculation to turn their attention to fighting for fair elections.
Stacey Abrams ended her gubernatorial campaign in Georgia on Friday, and is planning to file a
federal lawsuit against the state. Some entertainment industry executives discouraged by Republican Brian Kemp's win of the governorship, amid accusations of voter suppression, are contemplating boycotting Georgia. But Abrams is encouraging them not to.
"This is not a speech of concession," Abrams said, in a press conference.
Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams acknowledged on Friday that Republican candidate Brian Kemp will be declared governor of Georgia, but she will not officially concede the election.
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.
Just days before Georgia voters decide the next governor, the Republican candidate accuses Democrats of an alleged hack on voter registration, but he has no evidence.
Brian Kemp is blaming Democrats for a failed attempt to hack Georgia voter registration. And Democratic Party officials are calling Kemp's claims yet another underhanded attempt to win the gubernatorial election on Tuesday.
"I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain," Oprah Winfrey said, at a rally for Stacey Abrams.
Oprah Winfrey will participate in two town hall-style events.
"We knew it was an intimidation tactic," said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter, which organized the bus trip.
About 53,000 registrations put on a "pending" list as Georgia Secretary of State Kemp abuses his official position in his race against Stacey Abrams, which is too close to call.
Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee in Georgia's gubernatorial race, also happens to be the Secretary of State, and Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate, is calling for him to resign for abusing his power to prevent Blacks from voting.
Citizens "continue to suffer significant, and profoundly unequal, limitations on their ability to vote," said Catherine E. Lhamon, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights warns that voting rights for minorities around the country are in danger. The federal government isn't doing anything to counteract it, especially since Republicans have most to lose in key midterm elections.
A report, released on Wednesday, cited strict voter ID laws; closing polling places; cutting early voting; and voting roll purges and challenges to eligibility are all impacting minority-voting rights.
The decision "is a triumph, not just for the people of Randolph County, but for every Georgian," said Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia.
A Georgia elections board on Friday blocked a bid to close most polling places in Randolph County, a largely Black county, after critics called it a blatant attempt to undercut Stacey Abrams, who could become the country's first Black woman governor.
White Male Candidate in Georgia Suppressing Black Votes for Black Woman Challenger by (Ab)using People with Disabilities
Stacey Abrams' opponent is afraid to compete fairly, so his buddy is orchestrating a move so offensive it's hard to believe, even for a red state.
UPDATE: Aug. 24, 2018 at 10:15 p.m. ET
On Friday, a Georgia elections board blocked a bid to close most polling places in Randolph County, a predominantly Black county, after critics called it a blatant attempt to undercut Stacey Abrams, who could become the country's first Black woman governor.
The ruling was a win for Abrams' campaign, which aims to turn out more rural Black voters.
Abrams released the following statement:
"Today is a triumph, not just for the people of Randolph County, but for every Georgian. In a predominantly Black, rural community, where public transportation is severely lacking, asking voters to travel up to 30 miles to access the ballot box would have been antithetical to our democratic values.
"I applaud Randolph County on its decision keep all nine of its polling locations open—and I recommit to ensuring that all eligible Georgians in every region of our state have access the ballot box, to cast their votes and make their voices heard."
In less than 12 weeks, a historic midterm election will take place in Georgia. Black people may be kept from voting by Republicans who fear that a Black governor will be elected.
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"I got a big truck, just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take 'em home myself," Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said.