Didn’t someone famously say back in 2016 that failling to accept the results of an election threatens democracy?
I know someone did, I just can’t put my finger on it….
Oh yeah, Hillary Clinton said that!
Of course, she famously said it when she thought she would beat Donald Trump and she was worried he wouldn’t concede the race if results were not in his favor.
Yet that is exactly what seems to be happening in Georgia.
And now it looks like the Democrat challenger, Stacey Abrams, may have violated campaign finance laws by trying to run an illegal ad.
At this point, the Republican, Brian Kemp, has declared victory and believes it is mathematically impossible for Abrams to come back and win or even to force a run off.
Meanwhile, Abrams refuses to concede.
The Daily Caller had more on the developing story:
The Democratic Party of Georgia tried purchasing airtime on Friday to run campaign ads on a local Atlanta channel on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
Abrams and the Democratic Party attempted to buy a $250,000 advertisement on Atlanta-based WSB-TV in order to promote a gubernatorial runoff despite her Republican challenger, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, winning over 50 percent of the vote. In the state of Georgia, a runoff is only triggered if neither candidate reaches at least half of the total votes.
The ad request, which was reportedly approved by Abrams and would have been paid for through her campaign funds, may have violated campaign finance laws since a runoff election has not been declared and is thereby not a sanctioned election.
“Stacey Abrams’ ambitions of getting a TV talk show or running for office again as an aggrieved member of our victim culture are leading her to make reckless and illegal decisions,” said John Watson, chairman of the Georgia GOP. “Her actions are harmful to Georgians who want to come together and work for the future. She is putting herself above the will of Georgians and is damaging to our state.”
Abrams’ campaign argued that they believe there will be enough votes to ultimately trigger a runoff.
“The Abrams for Governor campaign has promised the people of Georgia that we will fight to ensure that every vote is counted, and we will uphold that promise,” Abrams’ campaign said in a statement. “We believe that this race will head into a runoff and we are ready to engage with voters about Abram’s bold vision for our state the moment a runoff is declared.”
Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp attends the Election Night event at the Classic Center on November 6, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. Kemp is in a close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
“Brian Kemp may have tried to coronate himself after overseeing his own election,” the statement continued. “Georgia voters are going to insist that their voices be heard.”
WSB-TV rejected the ad request, stating that the station “is not accepting any political ads until the vote is certified by the state and runoffs are official.”
For what it's worth, the betting markets don't put a lot of stock in Abrams winning at this point:
And President Trump has even weighed in, saying it's time to move on: