A day after Stacey Abrams acknowledged his win in the gubernatorial election, Brian Kemp said he is ready to begin the transition to Georgia’s 83rd Governor.
Channel 2 Action News was at the state Capitol as Kemp held a news conference as he discussed his plan to unite Georgia.
“We’re moving forward. It’s been a long, tough process. I certainly appreciate Stacey Abrams’ tenacity. But I’m proud of what we’ve done, too. Now we are going to move forward. I’m ready to get to work cutting taxes, focusing on rural healthcare, making Georgia No. 1 for small business and strengthening rural Georgia,” Kemp said.
Abrams called a news conference Friday to acknowledge Kemp will be governor but she said her speech was “not a concession”.
“I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election,” Abrams said in a news conference Friday evening. “This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action that’s right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.”
Abrams said she plans to file a lawsuit to challenge the “gross mismanagement” of Georgia elections.
Moments after Abrams’ speech, I got this from Brian Kemp: “…Stacey Abrams conceded the race and…ended her campaign for governor. I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service. The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward.”
The latest vote counts showed Kemp leads Abrams by roughly 55,000 votes. Abrams would have needed more than 17,000 more votes to force a Dec. 4 runoff.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has until Tuesday to certify the election results.
During the news conference Saturday, Kemp praised the county election officials, saying that they took ” a lot of criticism that’s unnecessary.”
“Those county election officials have done an amazing job. We had record turnout. That is something to be proud of in a midterm election,” he said.
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