Abrams campaign says it will fight on

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, left, stands with her campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, before speaking to her supporters during an election night watch party at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Georgia's hotly contested and potentially historic governor's race may not be over yet, with Democrat Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp awaiting the final accounting of absentee and provisional ballots. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Stacey Abrams' campaign says it will continue to fight to get all outstanding votes counted in the Georgia governor's race and won't accept former Secretary of State Brian Kemp's declaration of victory.

At a news conference Thursday, Abrams' campaign chairwoman Allegra Lawrence-Hardy said the campaign demands that the secretary of state's office "release all the data, all the numbers, and they need to count every single vote."

The announcement came shortly after Kemp announced he was stepping down as secretary of state and moving forward with the transition to become the state's next governor.

Also announced during the press conference was that the campaign was preparing to file suit in Dougherty County on Thursday due to issues with absentee ballots language and Hurricane Michael.

The campaign later emailed on Thursday an update on the legal steps they were planning to take including:

  • Filing a complaint in U.S. district court for the Middle District of Georgia in Dougherty County asking for an injunction to direct the board of elections to count any absentee ballots received between 7 p.m. on election day and close of business on Friday.
  • Requesting all counties preserve and hold on to election documents


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