According to the Associated Press, "Stacey Abrams' campaign is preparing an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor's race that could leave the state's Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting".
The Democrat's longshot strategy relied on a statute that's never been used in such a high-stakes contest.
Kemp's win will also please President Donald Trump, who disparaged Abrams, a former state House minority leader, as "not qualified" before the election and campaigned for the two-term secretary of state. Stacey Abrams fought brilliantly and hard - she will have a terrific political future!
Abrams could decide as early as Friday whether to go to court.
The Associated Press (AP) reported her team amassed almost three-dozen lawyers who will draft a petition, along with affidavits from voters and would-be voters who argue that they were allegedly disenfranchised during the election. That would have been based on a provision in Georgia law that allows losing candidates to challenge results. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I can not concede that".
She already faces a narrow path to the governor's mansion. Abrams is trailing Brian Kemp, but the Democrat is pushing for a new election amid charges of fraud and voting irregularities. Abrams was trying to muster enough votes to trigger a recount or a runoff, which would have been held on December 4.
The release says once state election officials confirm that counties have complied with the judges' orders, they will review the documentation prior to certification.
Abrams' campaign sparked huge energy across the state and she became a national Democratic star. They ripped Abrams for her refusal to concede, calling it a "publicity stunt" and "temper tantrum". "It's just a much bigger responsibility". "We have heard from countless Georgians about massive irregularities wrought by a Secretary of State who ran his own election to crown himself governor".
Kemp called the election over in a statement Friday.
Abrams had hoped to become the first black governor of Georgia and the first black female governor of any state.
Abrams' campaign staffers claim the candidate hasn't made a final decision on whether to proceed should state officials finalize Kemp's victory. The idea is to assemble a body of evidence to support the claim that the problems could account for Kemp's 18,000-vote margin above the runoff trigger.
Abrams and progressive groups filed multiple lawsuits over the past week to try to get thousands of discounted provisional and absentee ballots counted. Trump called Abrams "one of the most extreme far-left politicians in the entire country" and said she would "have Georgia turn into Venezuela".
Lawrence-Hardy agreed the law requires a quantitative analysis. But even if she knows can't prove it, she continues to say it's why she lost. "Would a reasonable person have a reason to doubt this election?"
"They can complain that I should not use this moment to recap what was done wrong or to demand a remedy", she said.
Out of almost four million ballots cast, Kemp leads Abrams by 55,000 votes, about a single percentage point.
Stacey Abrams acknowledged Friday that she could not defeat her GOP opponent in Georgia's gubernatorial election. Gwinnett was the only county named as a defendant in the lawsuit before her.
When he appeared at the state Capitol last week, he asserted that he had won "a clear and convincing victory" and pledged to "put hardworking Georgians ahead of politics".