Kemp says Georgia race over, state to look ahead

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp says the Georgia gubernatorial election is over with Democratic rival Stacey Abrams’ acknowledgement that she can’t win the race, and he is urging the state to look forward.

Kemp made the comments in a statement Friday, shortly after Abrams’ speech effectively ended the contest. The final result had been in doubt for 10 days after the election.

He said: “The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”

He referred to Abrams’ concession, but she insisted her speech wasn’t one of concession and vowed a federal lawsuit over the management of the election.

Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will file a federal lawsuit to challenge the “gross mismanagement” of Georgia elections.

Abrams made the comments in a Friday speech, shortly after she said she can’t win the race, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp.

She said: “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.”

Kemp is Georgia’s former secretary of state. Abrams and voting rights activists have argued for months that Kemp mismanaged the elections system in his post.

He was backed by President Donald Trump.



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