In her fight to ensure every Georgia voter's voice is heard after a campaign marred by rampant voter suppression, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in which a court may hear directly from voters about their experiences trying to cast ballots on Election Day.
"Georgia still has a decision to make about who we will be in the next election", she said.
Kemp now leads Abrams by almost 59,000 votes, but more than 20 counties across the state have yet to certify their election results, and thousands of provisional and absentee ballots remain uncounted. Trump called Abrams "one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country" and said she would "have Georgia turn into Venezuela".
As it stands now, Abrams is approximately 18,000 votes below the threshold that would require a December 4 runoff.
The election result has been in doubt for 10 days. But the party also has plenty of other ambitious politicians who will want to take advantage of the path that Abrams' has laid out. Republican Brian Kemp is expected to officially become the governor-elect after a long and contentious battle over provisional and absentee ballots.
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Voters in Georgia reported long lines at polling places as aging technology was swamped by the volume of people seeking to cast ballots.
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 odds aren't in her favor; Abrams needs enough votes to pull Kemp under 50% of the vote to force a runoff and the recounts haven't provided almost enough uncounted ballots. "It is about the democracy that we share and the responsibility to preserve our way of life", she said Friday. One is Secretary of State candidate (and former congressman) John Barrow, and it might offer some vindication to Abrams and her supporters if Barrow were to end the GOP's stranglehold over election administration.
A Yale-educated tax lawyer raised by civil rights activists in coastal Mississippi, Abrams ran largely as an unapologetic liberal, promising to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act as a way to address the state's acute rural health care problem.
It was being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Kemp as the victor of a bitterly fought campaign that's been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance. Vote on Election Day on November 6th!
The race, in a state won comfortably by Donald Trump in 2016, had been too close to call since polls closed on Tuesday last week. Another judge ordered the state's election officials to preserve and count all provisional ballots. 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. The next big shot for Democrats is a 2020 Senate race, with Republican Sen.