The Real Reason Stacey Abrams Won't Concede

It has nothing to do with holding a runoff for Governor.

Stacey Abrams has refused to concede the Governor’s race. Each time counties certify their results, Abrams seeks out a federal judge to help her move the goal posts. There are around 8,000 provisional ballots to be counted and Abrams would need over 18,000 votes to get into a runoff.

Abrams is now asking a federal judge to order counties to count previously rejected provisional ballots that were rejected for one of three reasons. First, some voters turned out not to be registered to vote. Second, some voters turned out not to be registered to vote in particular counties. Third, some voters showed up without photo identification and then failed to provide their identification within a seventy-two hour window after the election.

There is well-settled legal precedent that the first two groups do not have to be counted and a federal judge cannot now revise the rules of the election, though she might try. The third ground is also dubious considering the voters had three days to provide their identification. But Abrams wants all those votes counted. She wants the rules changed after the election to hand her the election. None of this, however, is about her race. Brian Kemp is the Governor-elect unless Abrams can convince an Obama appointed federal judge to now change the rules of the election after it has concluded.

Only one Democrat candidate was encouraged to run by the statewide Democratic Party and activists. It was not Stacey Abrams. The candidate is former Congressman John Barrow who is now in a runoff for Secretary of State. All of Abrams’ current efforts and complaints are designed to keep the Democrat base mobilized through a sense of grievance that the Secretary of State is trying to steal the race.

If that grievance sets in sufficiently, Abrams will provide Democrats with a solution. They can show up for the runoff and vote for John Barrow. The gubernatorial race was expensive and exhausting. Voter enthusiasm has been drained as the counting has dragged out. Convincing voters that Brian Kemp rigged the election, stole it, or otherwise caused legitimate votes to be rejected could keep Abrams’ voters engaged enough to go vote for Barrow.

On the other side, Kemp too must keep his voters engaged. He is Governor-elect and should be acting more as a uniter. But his campaign is forced to engage in the slugfest to keep Republicans fired up with claims that Abrams is stealing the election, engaging in fraud, etc.

While Republicans have real and legitimate concerns about fraud in the Florida race, that really is not an issue here. The issue here, as I mentioned, is that Abrams is now trying to get a judge to rewrite the rules of how to conduct the election after the election is over. She has thus far not had any success in doing so, but her campaign team is trying to find a willing Obama appointed federal judge. Time, however, is running out on her bid with the state, as of this writing, being allowed to certify results this evening.

That means there will be no recount and there will be no runoff. There are simply not enough votes. The only thing Democrats have left is to help John Barrow get elected in the runoff. His Republican opponent ran a terrible general election campaign choosing to focus on metro Atlanta at the expense of every other part of the state. On the upside, this is all almost over.

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ONLYJB1
ONLYJB1

abrams has not the intelligence to stay in the race on her own. Someone is clearly pulling on her puppet strings and she is just doing the Pinocchio dance! Seriously, she doesn't have the intelligence to even be a part of an elementary level school board, much less governor of a state.

Conservative Shrink
Conservative Shrink

With the recounts, claims of ignoring votes, etc being done in multiple states, I think Dems in general are trying to lay the groundwork for 2020. They are trying to find out which judges will support their claims and how they can magically create more ballots should their candidates not win. This is the development of an insurance policy.

NanaJ
NanaJ

I know Barrow’s opponent. He is a friend and a man of honor. I know, as a fact, he campaigned all over the state and followed those visits online. Your statement is untrue and unnecessary.

TimCooper
TimCooper

Abrams is trying to steal an election and also nullify Georgia election law by judicial fiat for future elections.

America 1
America 1

I would say the democrats are scum of the earth but unfortunately, to many republicans also fall into that category. However, in the mid term election, I did not vote for any democrats at the federal, state, or local level. The party leadership is insane!