The battle over the governorship of Georgia is over after Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams acknowledged that Republican Brian Kemp would be the victor - but she did it under protest.
"I cannot concede that"
Abrams said Kemp would be named the governor, but that she protested against the process that got him elected.
She made the announcement in a public speech Friday after a ten-day battle over the election results.
"Let's be clear. This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an act is right, true or proper," she said. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that."
"But my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy," she concluded.
She says she will file a lawsuit to contest the election results based on "gross mismanagement" in the election.
“The state failed its voters."
The Associated Press earlier reported that Abrams‘ campaign chairwoman Allegra Lawrence-Hardy was working a team of nearly three dozen lawyers who were drafting their petition against the results. The suit would include signed affidavits from would-be voters who claimed they were disenfranchised.
The lawsuit would depend on a Georgia law that says "misconduct, fraud or irregularities" that are "sufficient to change or place in doubt the results" could be the basis of a candidate challenging the results.
"The state failed its voters," claimed Abrams in her non-concession speech.
“In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections," she added.
The election has been mired in accusations of election fraud and voter disenfranchisement. Had she won, Abrams would have become the first black woman elected to be a state governor in U.S. history.
Kemp called the election over in a statement Friday.
“The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward," said Kemp in a tweet. "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”
Here's the latest on the controversial Georgia election: