Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams ended her candidacy in a speech to supporters on Friday. Concluding her bid to become the nation’s first female African-American governor, Abrams said that her Republican opponent Brian Kemp will take office. While Abrams acknowledged that she could not win her race against the Georgia Secretary of State, she refused to concede.
However, she condemned the election process, calling out the state’s voter roll purging and suppression largely affecting African-Americans. Abrams said she would not be conceding because that would mean to "acknowledge" Kemp's victory and accept the process she called corrupt.
In a brief address, she said she would file a federal lawsuit over mismanagement of the election.
"I acknowledge that former of Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," Abrams said Friday night. "But to watch an elected official, who claims to represent the people in the state, baldly pin his hopes for election on the suppression of the people's democratic right to vote has been truly appalling."
"Voting is not a right for some. It is a right for all and it is not a privilege. I stand here today as a witness to that truth," Abrams said.
"So let's be clear, this is not a speech of concession,” Abrams said. “Because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that."