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Stacey Abrams in 2016: 'Until you win an election, you haven't won.' But Abrams still says she won in 2018.


She once called Pres. Trump 'petty' for implying he might not concede if he lost

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Stacey Abrams is still telling people she won the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election (she lost). But while she's perfectly comfortable undermining the result of her own election, The Daily Caller reported that she previously criticized then-Republican nominee Donald Trump for even suggesting that he might not concede if he lost in 2016 (he won).

What is she saying now? Of her 2018 election loss, Abrams had this to say Wednesday: "We had this little election back in 2018, and despite the final tally and the inauguration and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have one very affirmative statement to make: We won."

Abrams has accused Gov. Brian Kemp (R) of suppressing the vote. Kemp was Georgia's secretary of state before being elected governor.

What did she say in 2016? Abrams told CNBC's Andrew Sorkin in October 2016, "Until you win an election, you haven't won an election. And so for Georgia to even be receiving an investment from the top of the ticket is huge."

At another point in the interview, Abrams responded to poll numbers showing that some Trump voters might not recognize a Hillary Clinton victory.

"I think what it signals is a shifting of our politics that we're going to have to work together to shift back," Abrams said. "The rancor that pervaded this campaign is disturbing and it is distressing, but it is also a fixable problem."

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Also in October 2016, Abrams tweeted that "Trump's refusal to concede the election if he loses proves he is a petty man uninterested in our national stability."

Abrams' quotes reflect a pre-November 2016 assumption that Clinton, who was favored by most analysts and polls, was going to win relatively easily.

Abrams' future: Despite losing her gubernatorial race by more than 50,000 votes, Abrams has teased a potential 2020 presidential run.

"Now 2020 is definitely on the table," Abrams said last month at South by Southwest.

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