Let It Go: Stacey Abrams Still Insisting She Probably Won

Oprah Winfrey and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams greet a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation at the Cobb Civic Center's Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Winfrey visited Georgia on Thursday to canvass neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta and show her support for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. (Alyssa Pointer /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Stacey Abrams lost the race to be Governor of Georgia to Brian Kemp by 55,000 votes and apparently believes non-ascendency to that seat is somehow a tragedy to the people of Georgia telling MSNBC’s Katy Tur it’s they who suffer most.


“Do you think the vote was stolen from you, the election was stolen from you?” MSNBC’s Katy Tur asked in an episode of American Swamp.

“I think the election was stolen from the people of Georgia,” Abrams said. “I don’t know that empirically I would have won, but if you add together the thousands of people who faced extraordinarily long lines, who faced hurdles that should not happen in a democracy, the votes that we know were not counted, the secretary of state, who was also my opponent in the race, purged more than 1.4 million voters over basically an eight-year period.”

Of course, none of that is true, up to and including the line about her not knowing if she would have won. She was recently quoted as saying she definitively believed did win and she didn’t care who knew it.

If you look at my immediate reaction after the election, I refused to concede. It was largely because I could not prove what had happened, but I knew from the calls that we got that something happened. Now, I cannot say that everybody who tried to cast a ballot would’ve voted for me, but if you look at the totality of the information, it is sufficient to demonstrate that so many people were disenfranchised and disengaged by the very act of the person who won the election that I feel comfortable now saying, “I won.” My larger point is, look, I won because we transformed the electorate, we turned out people who had never voted, we outmatched every Democrat in Georgia history. But voter suppression is endemic, and it’s having a corrosive effect. If we do not resolve this problem, it will harm us all.


There’s also a lot in that New York Magazine profile about how the South is very divided politically and all the whites are Republican and all the blacks “lean” Democrat. Which is also something Ms. Abrams wishes were true but, as she does every time she talks about her lost election, about which she leaves out a great deal of important information.

More black Republican candidates are running for office in Georgia this year than ever before. And black candidates in other Southern states are also finding that declaring for the G-O-P is more accepted than it was just a few years ago.

It’s a small shift that Republican activists say could pay big dividends if it continues.

That may be why the Republican National Committee has an office dedicated to courting black voters and candidates, and has several blacks running in high-profile races around the South.

As for the election, Ms. Abrams likes to conveniently forget that the voter rolls she says were “purged” of voters she’s certain were hers were in fact simply put on hold under the “Use It Or Lose It” law — established by Georgia state Democrats — that put ballots on hold for incomplete information.

She also doesn’t much like to discuss the group she formed called the New Georgia Project that went about the state registering voters, very often leaving those registrations incomplete thereby flagging them for pending status under the “Use It Or Lose It” law, that led to what she calls a “purge.”


But Stacey Abrams plans, it would appear, to continue her political career by leveling patently false charges against a state that is at present offering a shift in traditional party norms.

This is what happens when people assure you you’re a lock to win. It’s hard to let it go when that win fails to materialize. She should give Mrs. Clinton a call for advice on how to cope.


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