Republicans appear to have the mindset that winning at any cost is acceptable. Former secretary of state Brian Kemp (R-AL) seems to be a prime example of that way of thinking. Thousands of voting machines did not work. Kemp was in charge of counting the votes. Tens of thousands of ballots were just tossed out. Stacey Abrams (D-AL) is in the fight against Kemp for Alabama’s governor’s office, and she is amazing.
Abrams has been working to force a runoff race and filed a lawsuit to make sure that every vote counts. The Republicans have been throwing away some of the absentee and provisional ballots. It was not clear how many votes were doomed.
True, Kemp has been ahead with 50.3 percent of the vote against Abrams’ 48.8 percent. However, Kemp was leading by a mere 59,000 out of 3.9 million Georgia votes cast in the midterms.
Abram’s campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo told reporters:
‘The bottom line is this race is not over. It is still too close to call, and we do not have confidence in the secretary of state’s office.’
At this point, Abrams claims that 30,000 votes have not been counted. She and her campaign staff members have been going county-by-county to obtain data supporting that claim. They have been talking to people, checking to see if they voted. If so, were their votes counted.
Kemp has already declared victory, even though Abrams has not conceded the election. In fact, the Republican candidate retired from his job as secretary of state and has started moving into the Governor’s digs.
Ryan Mahoney, Kemp campaign spokesperson said:
‘Stacey Abrams and her radical backers have moved from desperation to delusion. Yesterday, military, overseas and provisional ballots were reported throughout Georgia. The counts are in line with publicly available tracking reports. This is not breaking news and does not change the math. Stacey Abrams lost and her concession is long overdue.’
Abrams noted that an addition 5,000 ballots just surfaced. She needed 21,700 to force a runoff with Kemp and over 19,300 to force a recount vote. Thus far, the secretary of state’s office indicated that it had 21,190 provisional ballots.
However, the Abrams campaign believed there were a minimum of 26,000 provisional ballots. Unfortunately, there was no clear report of how many of those had been counted or still needed to be counted.
Abrams’ campaign general counsel, Dara Lindenbaum, indicated that the lawsuit Abrams filed intended to allow Gwinnett and DeKalb counties continue their vote counting. These are the two largest, primarily Democratic counties. The secretary of state’s office also failed to allow certain absentee ballots. Those were ballots with small errors such as writing a person’s date of birth instead of the date they finished filling out their ballots.
The lawsuit wants counties to seek out the voters where there were small errors and fix those errors. Now, those ballots are just tossed. Abrams also wanted voting officials to include provisional ballots where people have moved, but the registrar has them at their old address.
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