By Frederick H. Lowe
Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams agreed their opponents defeated them in their respective political races, but Gillum conceded his race on Saturday to Rick DeSantis, but Abrams didn’t concede her race to Brian Kemp.
After two weeks of suspenseful vote counting in Florida, where Democrat Gillum ran against Republican DeSantis for governor, Gillum won 49.1 percent of the vote or 4,041,762 votes. DeSantis’ won 49.5 percent of the vote, capturing 4,075, 445 votes.
“R.J. (Rai Jai) and I wanted to take a moment to congratulate Mr. DeSantis on becoming the next governor of the great state of Florida,” Gillum said on Facebook with his wife at his side. “This has been the journey of our lives.” Gillum, who is mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, conceded election night but he withdrew his concession after learning that more absentee ballots had not been counted.
The race between the two candidates was so close it triggered a manual recount.
Abrams was hoping to get elected as Georgia’s first black woman governor. She didn’t have nice words for the Kemp, who also served as Georgia’s Secretary of State, which many charged was a clear conflict of interest. The Secretary of State oversees elections.
In addition, he bl0cked 53,000, mostly black individuals from registering to vote
“Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession,” Abrams said Friday evening at her campaign headquarters in Atlanta. “Concession means an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that,” The Los Angeles Times reported. To concede means the person conceding believes the contest results are true or valid. She called him the legal victor but not the legitimate winner.
Instead of conceding, Abrams said she would launch a new PAC, Fair Fight Georgia, to pursue accountability in Georgia elections. In the coming days, she said, the group would file a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for its “gross mismanagement” of the election and to protect future elections from unconstitutional actions.
In the race between Abrams and Kemp, the election had been in doubt for 10 days. Abrams won 1, 923,685 votes to Kemp’s 1, 978, 408 votes.