SLUMSMAG STAFF: Greg Lewis
The Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, Stacey Abrams, vowed to remain in the race. Abrams is refusing to concede to Brian Kemp, Her Republican component, despite the large gap between the vote count.
“Democracy only works when we work for it, when we fight for it, when we demand it, and apparently today when we stand in line for hours to meet it at the ballot box,” Abrams said in remarks to supporters at nearly 2 a.m. Wednesday. “I am here today to tell you there are votes remaining to be counted. Voices are waiting to be heard.”
Wednesday, Kemp led the race by about 3.1 percent points, a 115,000 to 3.75 million voting difference.
According to CBS, before Abrams addressed the crowd, campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said thousands of absentee and provisional ballots remained to be tallied.
We have three factors to be considered here: outstanding votes, absentee ballots to be counted, and provisional ballots,” Groh-Wargo said. “Given those three issues, we believe this is likely heading to a runoff.”
Stacey Abrams: Vows that “every vote is counted”
It was also reported that while she was not the favorite of white voters, Abrams was nevertheless performing slightly better among whites than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, garnering 26 percent compared to Clinton’s 21 percent. The difference was even starker among white, college educated women. This year, nearly half supported Abrams, compared to only about one-third for Clinton.
Georgia has had a Republican Governor since 2003.
according to political experts, Georgia is likely to become more Democratic due to hanging demographics, particularly in the Atlanta area.
Abrams is running as a tried-and-true liberal who favors gun control and abortion rights, which may prove to be a tough sell in much of Georgia.
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