Governor Elect Kemp and Speaker Ralston on Abrams’ “Announcement”

In response to Stacey Abrams’ concession, Governor-elect Brian Kemp issued the following statement:

“Moments ago, Stacey Abrams conceded the race and officially 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. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.

“Under the leadership of Governors Perdue and Deal, our state has experienced unmatched growth and prosperity. We will work diligently in the transition process to build on their accomplishments and keep Georgia moving in the right direction.

“I humbly ask for citizens of our great state to stand with me in the days ahead. Together, we will realize the opportunities and tackle the challenges to come. We will be a state that puts hardworking Georgians – no matter their zip code or political preference – first!”


Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) issued the following statement after tonight’s developments in the gubernatorial election:

“Now that his opponent has conceded the race, Georgia can move forward as we all work toward a better tomorrow with our next Governor Brian Kemp. I commend him for the patience and class he has demonstrated throughout this ordeal. I only wish that others would have chosen to conduct themselves in a similar fashion.”

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

He not a Republican Governor. He’s the Republican’s Governor.

rickday
rickday

He’s the Cheater’s Governor. Always be an asterisk next to his one term wiki entry.

alpha male
alpha male

Hilarious. Let me be more than clear. We, the people of Georgia, do not give a rats rear end if folks such as you do not recognize Gov. Kemp as YOUR governor. We, the people of Georgia, only care that Gov. Kemp is THE governor. ( despite the Democrats best efforts to steal the election).

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You finding it humorous substantiates an opinion of mine of Trumpers.

Good to know that you think counting every vote in a close race is stealing an election.

At least we agree on Republicans thinking Republicans encompass the people of Georgia.

Noway2016
Noway2016

If the vote was cast illegally it doesn’t get to be counted. Pretty dang simple.

rickday
rickday

One ore time David Ralston demonstrates how he is a Class A A**hole. This statement proves it. He is so G-D racist he can’t even say Abrams name.

And then pulling the crap with Meadows, keeping the seat out of Dem Brian Rosser’s hands. What would you have done if Meadows had died before the election, Ralston? I can just see you at his bedside, David, imploring Meadows to keep alive just long enough to force a taxpayer paid ‘special election.

The politics in Georgia are insidious and these old farts MUST be purged. #2020

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Bye.

gulch
gulch

All right. Let us try this again. Removing people from voter rolls due to inactivity is state law. It has been consistently enforced by previous secretaries of state including Democrats. The same law exists in other states. That some – though not all – Democrats oppose this law and do not wish to see it enforced is not the same as some illegal racist conspiracy to disenfranchise black voters. And yes, purging rolls of inactive voters is something that has repeatedly been deemed as valid by the Supreme Court in Georgia and in other states. The exact match issue:: more… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Join the discussion.tl; dr. But for what I did read, you should go back and read Jessica S.’s post on the “exact match” law. Long story short- it’s not the law- it’s a discretionary way to enforce the law, and imo an arbitrary and un-Constitutional application of discretion. The voter roll issue is also more nuanced. There are ways you can enforce the law and also make sure you’re not just purging without unnecessary disenfranchisement. Not all precautions were taken, and in fact some precaution was just thrown into the wind. That said, it’s hard to know the impact. There… Read more »

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

I’ve worked at my local polling precinct on several occasions. The matter is simple enough; you come in, you fill out the form, you present the form along with a photo ID. If you are a registered voter, you get your voting card and cast your ballot. If you thought that you were registered and you’re not on the list, then you file a provisional ballot, which takes more time but is also a legitimate voting path for those who are legitimate voters. It is reasonable to keep the voter rolls up to date, since people die, and people move… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

All very reasonable.

The American standard month-day-year date system is inferior to day-month-year. I use the latter at every opportunity for dates of any kind in promoting its use. I use the three letter month abbreviation to avoid misunderstanding, something that would change if day-month-year becomes the standard. An aside is use of leading with yymmdd in naming computer files that need a date. Makes for handy sorting in a file directory.

Benevolus
Benevolus

The issue with provisional ballots is: If you were ‘purged’ unreasonably, sure you can fill out a provisional ballot. But then you gotta take another day or 1/2 day off to go to your county office and present some sort of ID to them that confirms your identity. But many people can’t/don’t do this, so those votes are discarded. If it’s a legitimate purge, fine. But as has been written about extensively, Kemp used excessive discretionary power to purge many more voters than necessary. This is what voter suppression looks like. As I have said for a while now; elections… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

To the Dems: examine your talent pool for 2020 and 2022. Abrams was too liberal for this state. Where was Michelle Nunn? Even Jason Carter? There have to be others more mainstream…

bethebalance
bethebalance

Abrams outperformed so many other Dem in GA elections, incl. Barack Obama. With margins so thin, I think that demographics may be the starting point of destiny. Not just race, but also age, education, urban/suburban/exurban/rural residency, “transplant” residences, etc.
I think the swing vote is about 5% now.
You may see a re-emergence of moderate Dems after a couple of cycles, when the demographics is more in Dem favor.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Where was Michelle Nunn? Even Jason Carter?”

My recollection is they were about 8 points back of Abrams’ finish.

It’s a style that abets a shift right within the GOP that has become so pronounced we will have an incompetent in the Governor’s mansion.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Their message, either of them, wouldn’t have been as unpopular as Stacey’s.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Stacey’s message was clearly 5% more popular overall than either of theirs’. Maybe you meant “popular- inside the minds of Republicans”?

Although I would like to see post-election breakdown on how Independent voters split.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The popularity element you identify supports my Kemp is the Republican’s Governor, not a Republican Governor, meme.

Someone asserting a 49% candidate is less popular than a 46% candidate as fact speaks for itself.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I don’t recall Jason or Michelle wanting to grab guns or deface Stone Mountain. Either of them, at this point and time, would have beaten Kemp or Cagle.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Nah. because TGM is well, G.

Noway2016
Noway2016

With margins this thin, David, y’all just needed a more reasonable candidate.

bethebalance
bethebalance

From what I could grab quickly, Independents split 54-44 for Dems.
https://www.cnn.com/election/2018/exit-polls/georgia

Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

Stone Mountain is already defaced. You are confusing Stacey wanting to remove the defacement as actually being defacement itself.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

gulch is the new DTM.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Nah, it’s just another reincarnation of the old LDIG.

As I predicted the courts will be involved and it boils down to a demonstrably incompetent SoS who should have resigned long before it came to this. To assume the state’s constitutional officer overseeing elections has no influence on their outcomes via their influence on county officials is to be, at best, naive.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Case in point: Randolph County’s hiring of a consultant, recommended by the SoS office, that in turn recommended the County close seven of its nine precincts only months before a general election.

Did I mention that Randolph County went 54.4%-45.1% for Abrams?

chamblee54
chamblee54

Exactly what do you mean by “overseeing”? As I understand it, the counties register voters, set up the polls, count the votes, and send the results to the SOS. What does the SOS do? In all probability, the county is responsible for sending drop cords to the polling place, not the state. It would be helpful if you have a source from a government website to detail this. So many people become instant experts when discussing this issue. Another confusing issue is deletion of inactive voters. Is this done by the county, the state, or a combination of the two?… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

So what is your point? Are you trying to say that the SoS has/had no effect on registrations/elections? It would be helpful to know what point we are discussing.

There have been multiple news stories about the ‘53,000 registrations’ being held up by Kemp.
You see above the influence the SoS office can have on precinct locations.
Kemp has lost several lawsuits telling him he has overreached his authority in not allowing registrations or purging voters.

Will you deny all that, or is it something else you are looking for?

chamblee54
chamblee54

Exactly what do you mean by “overseeing”? This is my point. As for the 53k registrations story…. That was a story by AP. It came out two days after registration stopped. The only evidence for it’s claims was “a study conducted by AP.” No details were given. Did AP examine the 53k registrations? If not all, then how many? What counties were these from? Instead of asking these questions, the claims by AP were accepted without question, and used to justify more claims. When the AP story came out, I realized that voter access had devolved into a partisan issue.… Read more »