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5/26/2022

In Georgia, It’s the Election Denier vs. the Republican

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



Feels weird to say that.

It will be Kemp vs. Abrams in the state Abrams shrewdly dubs “the worst state in the country to live.”

Stacey Abrams refused to concede the Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago, even after it was clear she had lost.

“Concession means an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that,” Abrams told supporters 10 days after Election Day, alleging persistent voter suppression allegations, though state officials certified the results. “Georgia still has a decision to make about who will we be in the next election. And the one after that. And the one after that.”

The next election has arrived, and she has another chance against Kemp, who on Tuesday defeated a primary challenger backed by former president Donald Trump in a landslide. Abrams has long sought this rematch, refusing some pleas to run for the Senate in 2020 and building a reputation as a leading advocate for voting rights.

This time, Ms. Abrams, when you lose, admit it.

11 Responses to “In Georgia, It’s the Election Denier vs. the Republican”

  1. No one should be allowed to run for office who cannot agree to respect the voter’s choice. Abrams statement implies that anything that achieves the “right, true or proper” result is acceptable, and anything that does not, isn’t.

    Her attitude is like Erdogan’s: “Democracy is like a streetcar. When you come to your stop, you get off.”

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  2. a leading advocate for voting rights.

    If by “voting rights” you mean “an election that leans her way”, then yes, she is.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  3. I don’t live in GA. But if I did I’d be voting for Kemp in both primary and general.
    If he wins the general Abrams needs to admit it clearly. The nuance between “fraudulent” and “access is unfairly restricted” is dwarfed by recent conspiracy theories.

    Time123 (9b76f4)

  4. It should be pointed out that participation in early voting in the primaries was way up, although mailed ballots were far lower than in 2020 (but on par with 2018). That dastardly new law seems to have expanded access.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  5. Abrams is that mix of crazy, crafty, and stupid that creates dangerous. Georgians are in a sad state when that is the best the D’s can offer.

    frosty (648974)

  6. It is my opinion that when Kemp defeated his Primary challengers, it should have made him a stronger candidate against any General election challengers. But there is always the possibility, under certain circumstances leveraging voter freedoms, that voters of a one party will use their vote to affect the primary of another party. That may not be the case here, but if Blue-dog Democrats and Rinos can exist, why would one think the same cannot be true of voters?

    I can readily accept that my opinion is as out-of-date as I. Alas, I keep waking up alive.

    felipe (484255)

  7. Kevin M (eeb9e9) — 5/26/2022 @ 9:29 am

    Heh!

    felipe (484255)

  8. It is my opinion that when Kemp defeated his Primary challengers, it should have made him a stronger candidate against any General election challengers. But there is always the possibility, under certain circumstances leveraging voter freedoms, that voters of a one party will use their vote to affect the primary of another party. That may not be the case here, but if Blue-dog Democrats and Rinos can exist, why would one think the same cannot be true of voters?

    My opinion is that Democrats voted for Kemp to play havoc in the Republican primary, since Abrams was guaranteed to be their nominee, and they will go back and vote for Abrams in the general. Many MAGAWorld commenters here will either sit out the general election, blaming George Soros, Dominion machines, and general fraud for Kemp’s win, or voting for Abrams to punish Kemp. They also predict a Stacey Abrams win in the general.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  9. My opinion is that Democrats voted for Kemp to play havoc in the Republican primary, since Abrams was guaranteed to be their nominee, and they will go back and vote for Abrams in the general.

    Sometimes people are capable of gratitude for a steadfast defense of the presidental vote. Also many of these “havoc-wreaking” Dems might be the state employees who survived the Kemp transition, suburban whites, non-black minorities and smattering of blacks that just don’t want ATL^2 in the state house and are actually somewhat comfortable with the Kemp administration.

    urbanleftbehind (f88268)

  10. Also many of these “havoc-wreaking” Dems might be the state employees who survived the Kemp transition, suburban whites, non-black minorities and smattering of blacks that just don’t want ATL^2 in the state house and are actually somewhat comfortable with the Kemp administration.
    urbanleftbehind (f88268) — 5/26/2022 @ 12:18 pm

    What an interesting idea. Thank you for expressing that.

    felipe (484255)

  11. We’ll see if there are any exit polls.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)


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