‘I never denied losing’ 2018 GA Governors race

Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said on ABC’s ‘The View’ on Wednesday that she ‘never denied’ losing her 2018 bid to beat Governor Brian Kemp (R) .

Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “So this is your second race against incumbent Brian Kemp for governor, and the polls show a close race, especially this morning’s poll. Now, when you lost in 2018, you traditionally didn’t concede, which I appreciated, because you cited voter suppression. Are you convinced that these will be free and fair elections and not a repeat of what happened before? »

Abrams said: “So I appreciate the question and the framing. I’ve never denied losing. I don’t live in the governor’s mansion. I would have noticed. And there’s this clip going around, and it shows me saying we won, and what I was referring to was that we won in terms of communities that were long excluded from the electoral process and ultimately participated in 2018 in exceptional numbers.”

She added: “But I’m not delusional. Just to be clear, but what we do know is that the issues that we raised in 2018, the fact that 214 constituencies were closed, that 53,000 people had their voter registrations held hostage , that 1.4 million people were purged, including half a million people who had simply chosen not to vote, that we were able to tackle this because we raised the issues because I refused to say it was a good thing we saw as a response, the state legislature the following year, in response to lawsuits that I filed and others, began to address these issues.

Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said, “Can I just thank you for just admitting you didn’t win. It’s such a rare thing.

Abrams said, “I did it the day I didn’t win.”

She continued, “I am not the governor, said that. The other is that the election was not fair to voters. Also said that. In this country, we have a responsibility to challenge failing systems.

Abrams added: “I don’t say things without evidence, 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. .”

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