As the Georgia gubernatorial race leans slightly in the GOP’s favor, Hillary Clinton is back to her old shenanigans of claiming that elections are unfair.
Georgia’s race for governor has been one of the most contentious races in the nation. Democrat Stacey Abrams took on Georgia Secretary of States Brian Kemp to lead the state.
Georgia’s election controversy
Throughout the election, there were accusations of voter suppression from some on the left because of Georgia’s voter ID laws. The laws require an exact match between voter registration forms and government records, meaning any mismatch between Social Security numbers, names, or birth dates could cause a registration to be sent back.
Many black voters were disproportionately impacted by these laws, causing registrations to be placed on hold. Voters could still cast provisional ballots, but those ballots must eventually be confirmed to ensure voter eligibility. Some on the left accused the state of influencing elections.
Right now, Kemp leads Abrams by more than 58,000 votes, or 1.5 percentage points. Although this is a pretty substantial lead, Abrams has not conceded the race because she believes those provisional ballots along with mail-in ballots could trigger a runoff.
In Georgia, one candidate must receive at least 50 percent of the vote or a runoff election will be held. Kemp currently has 50.24 percent of the vote, but his margin has been slipping as the votes are counted.
Clinton’s election controversy
Early in 2016, when Clinton was the clear front-runner to be president of the United States, she slammed President Donald Trump for saying he may contest the election results if he lost.
Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election.
That’s a direct threat to our democracy.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 24, 2016
Her tune changed, however, after she lost the presidency. Not only did she wait until the next day to concede the election, but she also went on to question its legitimacy.
“[W]ould you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?” NPR asked Clinton in September 2017.
“No. I would not,” Clinton responded.
Clinton’s hot take on Georgia’s race
Now, Clinton is singing the same song about Georgia’s race.
“If [Abrams] had a fair election, she already would have won,” Clinton told a crowd during a speech at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday.
Many were quick to highlight that Clinton was clearly just playing the blame game a la 2016.
Hillary is taking a break from blaming everyone but herself for the election that she lost. https://t.co/ZJmmX4DWAz
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) November 14, 2018
Election results in Georgia must be called by November 20. If Kemp stays above 50 percent of the vote, he will be certified as governor. If he falls below that mark, a runoff election will be held December 4.