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Republicans 'stole' Georgia election if Abrams doesn't win, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown says

Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as he delivers the annual financial stability report to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

A Democratic senator from Ohio has decided that if the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia isn't declared the winner, it means Republicans "stole" the election, according to The Hill.

"If Stacey Abrams doesn't win in Georgia, they stole it," Brown said. "It's clear. They can't win elections fairly. They win elections by redistricting and reapportionment and voter suppression and all the ways they try to scare people, particularly people of color."

What he's talking about: Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, has refused to concede the race against former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate, even though Kemp holds a narrow lead. The race could head to a recount.

The race has been bogged down in a legal dispute over provisional ballots and about the validity of some ballots that had omitted or incorrect birthdates.

Kemp has been accused by Democrats of voter suppression for removing more than 100,000 voters from the rolls for inactivity in previous elections. And Abrams was scrutinized for a comment in which she seemed to indicate that both "those who are documented and undocumented" should contribute to the "blue wave."

Why Sherrod Brown of Ohio is talking about Georgia: Brown has long been considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate, and now that midterm elections are (somewhat) over, it's time for he and others to begin positioning themselves on the national stage.

The Georgia gubernatorial election, as well as the Florida Senate and gubernatorial elections, have become issues of national interest as Democrats accuse Republicans of trying to prevent all votes from being counted, and Republicans accuse Democrats of attempting to disregard election rules in order to win.

Brown's implication that Republicans regularly attempt to suppress the vote of minorities is a targeted comment about a race in which Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor.

Brown was considered as a running mate for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but Democrats ultimately did not feel comfortable removing him from the Senate and allowing Republican Gov. John Kasich to appoint his replacement.

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