Democrat Stacey Abrams Ends Bid For Georgia Governor, Decrying 'Suppression'

Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Abrams said that she planned to start an organisation to fight for more equitable voting laws and would soon bring "a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for gross mismanagement of this election".

Georgia authorities say a senator arrested at a state Capitol demonstration over uncounted election ballots was charged with obstruction because she helped create "a human wall" that hindered police.

Speaking at the University of Texas at Austin, Clinton suggested that voter suppression is responsible for Abrams' likely loss to Republican Brian Kemp, and that had Abrams faced a "fair race", she'd have won.

Clinton went on to praise Abrams for demanding multiple recounts despite evidence that, even with additional ballots counted, Abrams lags more than 50,000 votes behind her challenger, and she has not pulled Kemp under 50% of the vote, a development necessary to force a statewide runoff election.

Kemp stormed to the Republican nomination behind an unabashedly conservative platform and an endorsement from President Donald Trump. She made believers of old-guard Democrats in Georgia who didn't think a black woman could compete in a general election, and she emerged as the party's clear leader.

Earlier Friday, Abrams was considering filing a separate lawsuit contesting the results and demanding a new election. Kemp supporters have gathered at some local elections offices protesting what they cast as an attempt to steal the election. His tenure in the roll was also plagued with numerous allegations of voter suppression.

Abrams's announcement comes as several other races across the country remain unresolved. Democrats have been pointing fingers at the Georgia election process for years, saying that Republicans have been suppressing the vote of minority and young voters.

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Abrams, who received heavy backing from Hollywood in her bid to become the nation's first black female governor, detailed a litany of voter issues. The Kemp lead Abrams50/48, and that never really was chipped away in the days after Election Day.

Her strategy of running as an unapologetic liberal who attracts new voters to the polls resonated in a rapidly changing state.

"Without a preliminary injunction, the voters whose ballots have been rejected on improper grounds or without a chance to cure the rejection will lose their opportunity to vote in this election; an injury that money can not compensate", U.S. District Judge Steve Jones said in issuing the emergency ruling.

This combination of May 20, 2018, photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta.

"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward", Kemp said. "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past". Now, Trump will be able to return with an incumbent governor as he seeks a second term.

She called him "deliberate and intentional" in his actions and said eight years of divestment, disenfranchisement and incompetence had their desired effect. Instead, Republicans will point to that same economic success as a sustaining force and question - along with some Democrats - the wisdom of Abrams' embrace of so many national liberal political stars.

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