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Democrat Stacey Adams ended her run for Georgia governor on Friday - admitting that her Republican opponent Brian Kemp would be the next governor, yet refusing to concede the race.
Abrams says she will file a "major" federal lawsuit challenging Georgia's "gross mismanagement" of the election.
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"I will not concede," said Abrams, "because the erosion of our democracy is not right."
"In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections," she added.
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Kemp, who stepped down as secretary of state last week, was quick to thank Abrams for her "passion, hard work and commitment to public service," adding "The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward," and that "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future."
The Abrams campaign is reportedly considering a long-shot legal challenge which lets losing candidates contest an election if there is fraud, misconduct or "irregularities."
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Abrams' campaign has repeatedly insisted that Kemp used his role as secretary of state to prevent people from voting - citing long lines, closed polling stations and the cancellation of hundreds of thousands of voter registrations.
"To watch an elected official who claims to represent the people in this state baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote has been truly appalling," said Abrams. "So, let’s be clear. This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscious and faith, I cannot concede that. But my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy."
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