Stacey Abrams conceded in the hard-fought and controversial Georgia gubernatorial race, but she’s not going away anytime soon.
“I’m going to spend the next year as a private citizen but I do indeed intend to run for office again,” she said on CNN Sunday. “I’m not sure for what and I’m not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap, but one I do I’m planning to get back in the ring.”
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Stacey Abrams: "I'm going to spend the next year as a private citizen but I do indeed intend to run for office again. I'm not sure for what and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap – but once I do I'm planning to get back into the ring." https://t.co/CHjV89oKLi pic.twitter.com/IQPXJwzIbG
— The Hill (@thehill) November 19, 2018
Abrams’ attempt at being America’s first African American woman governor was eventually thwarted by Republican Brian Kemp, who served as Georgia secretary of state until the week of the election.
Kemp’s position put him in charge of the election he was running in, which Abrams believe led to an unfair advantage. Abrams also accused Kemp of voter suppression after reports revealed Kemp had purged voter roles that included mostly African Americans.
Abrams said on Sunday she was fine with governments managing clean voting rolls, but that she disagreed with the “vigor” and “mismanagement” in which Kemp did so.
“He removed voters who were eligible,” she claimed. “He also denied access to 3,000 new citizens who should’ve been added to the rolls but he prevented them from being able to vote. And the larger issue is this trust in our democracy relies on believing there are good actors who are making this happen and he was a horrible actor who benefitted from his perfidy — that’s problematic.”
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Stacey Abrams on Brian Kemp: "Trust in our democracy relies on believing there are good actors who are making this happen. He was a horrible actor who benefited from his perfidy." (via CNN) pic.twitter.com/jeg6bY50Uj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 18, 2018
So while Abrams accepts her defeat, it’s with a grain of salt and a belief that it could’ve swung the other way if her opponent didn’t have authority in the process.
Her fight isn’t completely over. Abrams is filing a lawsuit arguing against Georgia’s “exact match” voter ID law, claiming it disproportionally affects black voters. She also is promising to start a new organization called, Fair Fight Georgia that advocates for voter rights.