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A host of ‘The View’ has praised Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for not conceding her election in 2018 as she defended her claim that she had ‘won’ her race for governor Republican Brian Kemp.
“So this is your second run against incumbent Brian Kemp for governor, and the polls show a close race, especially this morning’s poll. When you lost in 2018, you traditionally didn’t concede, that which I appreciated because you cited voter suppression. Are you confident this will be a free and fair election, and not a repeat of what’s happened before?” asked co-host Sunny Hostin .
Abrams said she appreciated the framing of Hostin’s question. “I never denied losing. I don’t live in the Governor’s mansion. I would have noticed,” she said.
“And there’s this clip going around, and it shows me saying we won, and what I was referring to was we won in terms of communities that have long been excluded from the electoral process. and who ultimately participated in 2018 in exceptional numbers,” she said.
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“But I’m under no illusions. Just to be clear, but what we do know is that the issues we raised in 2018, the fact that 214 constituencies were closed, that 53,000 people had their voter registrations taken hostage, that 1.4 million people were purged, including half a million who had simply chosen not to vote, that we were able to tackle this because we raised the problems, because I refused to say it was a good thing, we saw as a response, the state legislature the following year, in response to the lawsuits I filed and other , I started working through those issues,” Abrams said, touting the high voter turnout in the 2020 election when President Biden won the state.
Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin thanked Abrams for “admitting” that she outright didn’t win. “It’s such a rare thing,” she said.
“I did it the day I didn’t win,” Abrams said. “I am not the governor, said that. The other is that the election was not fair to the voters. Also said that. In this country, we have a responsibility to challenge broken systems… I don’t say things without proof, and I think that’s the distinction that gets lost in this attempt to confuse who I am and what I’ve done over the past four years with others.”
In 2019, Abrams addressed a crowd at the annual convention of the Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and said, “despite the final tally and the inauguration [of Gov. Brian Kemp] and the situation we find ourselves in, I have a very affirmative statement to make: we have won.”
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“The dealership has to say something is right, true and proper,” Abrams said at the time. “You can’t fool me by saying it was true.”
She told The New York Times in 2019 that she stands by her claim to have “won” despite not being governor.
“Now I can’t say that everyone who tried to vote would have voted for me, but if you look at the totality of the information, it just goes to show that so many people have been disenfranchised and disengaged in the process. of the person who won the election that I feel comfortable with now saying ‘I won’,” she said. “My biggest point is, look, I won because we transformed the electorate, we trained people who had never voted, we outperformed every Democrat in Georgia history.”
Abrams told Axios in February that she would “recognize the winner” of the 2022 gubernatorial election.
“I will always recognize the legal outcome of an election. I have never failed to do so,” Abrams told Axios. She added that she doesn’t want the American people to be in a place “where we can’t legitimately question” and criticize the systems in order to improve them.
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