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Stacey Abrams Loses in Georgia, and Democrats Claim GOP ‘Stole’ Election

Posted on | November 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Stacey Abrams Loses in Georgia, and Democrats Claim GOP ‘Stole’ Election


As a native Georgian, I’m frankly shocked that this election was even close, but Democrats don’t live in reality:

Democrat Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams admitted Friday that she cannot win against Republican opponent Brian Kemp and vowed to file a federal lawsuit challenging the “gross mismanagement” of the state’s elections
Abrams made her announcement shortly after 5 p.m., the earliest state officials could certify the results after a court-ordered review of absentee, provisional and other uncounted ballots. Abrams’ campaign had contended there were potentially enough uncounted votes to force a runoff.
Abrams told supporters that Kemp placed “his hopes for election on the suppression of the people’s democratic right to vote.”
“Concession means to acknowledge an act is right, true or proper…I cannot concede that,” she added. . . .
“In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections,” she said.
Abrams had hoped to become the first black governor of the Deep South state and the first black female governor of any state.
Abrams and voting rights activists have claimed for months that Kemp mismanaged the elections system in his post as secretary of state. . . .
Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised.

Call this what it is, a paranoid conspiracy theory, a partisan propaganda claim deliberately intended to inflame racial fear: “The white folks cheated! We’re disenfranchised! It’s a 21st-century Jim Crow!”


Permit me to explain, in case it is not obvious, what happened in Georgia. National Democrats had hoped that an anti-Trump backlash would inspire a “blue wave” of such miraculous proportions that, for example, Beto O’Rourke could beat Ted Cruz in Texas. You can see the delusional aspect of Democrats’ 2018 hopes in the kind of candidates they nominated in various “swing” congressional districts. In race after race where the GOP was vulnerable, Democrats lost because their primary voters went for nominees (e.g., Gina Ortiz Jones in TX23, Lauren Baer in FL18, Leslie Cockburn in VA5) who were simply too extreme to be competitive. And this was the story of Stacey Abrams in a nutshell — another far-left candidate who won the Democrat primary on the basis of unrealistic “blue wave” hopes. Inside the echo-chamber of liberal media, Abrams’ primary victory in May was celebrated with this CNN headline: “Stacey Abrams wins Democratic primary in Georgia. She could become the nation’s first black woman governor.”

Georgia Republicans were laughing out loud at that headline. Brian Kemp might not have been the smoothest politician in the GOP field, but he wasn’t so bad he could lose to . . . well, an Atlanta Democrat.

Do I really need to explain what that means? I should hope not.

We live in the real world, and not in the liberal fantasyland inhabited by CNN viewers, so we understand why an Atlanta Democrat might have difficulty winning a statewide election in Georgia. But let’s take a look at some exit-poll numbers, just to make the point.




White voters went 3-to-1 for Kemp, who also won 2-to-1 among married voters, and won decisive majorities of all voters earning over $30,000. Did you notice, by the way, that Kemp got more than 10% of black male voters? You can bet most of those are upper-income married black men. Despite the polarizing effect of Trump — whose personality tends to alienate some respectable church-going types who normally vote Republican — Kemp nevertheless won what we might call the bourgeois vote, because Stacey Abrams was simply not the kind of candidate who could appeal to responsible middle-class taxpayers.

Why, then, are Democrats claiming Kemp had to cheat to win?


Democrat donors like George Soros poured millions of dollars into the Abrams campaign, because “experts” (like former Clinton strategist Peter Daou) somehow convinced these wealthy idiots that Abrams had a chance of winning. If you spend enough money, and get Oprah and Obama to campaign for you, it’s possible to “energize the base” enough to make such an election competitive, even in a Republican stronghold like Georgia. But even with a maximum turnout of, uh, Atlanta Democrats (Abrams racked up more than 300,000 votes in Fulton County, and more than 250,000 in DeKalb), liberal fantasies ultimately encounter the “red wall.” Go look at the election map in Georgia, particularly in those counties north of Atlanta — Kemp won Paulding with 67%, Forsyth with 71%, Cherokee with 72%, Hall with 73%. Abrams amassed huge margins in Atlanta, and even won about 55% in the Cobb and Gwinnett suburbs, but in vast swaths of the state, Kemp won by 70% or more. (In Gordon County, where I spent four years as sports editor of the local newspaper, Kemp got 82%.) Democrats and their big-money donors simply can’t cope with that kind of political reality. It’s racist for white people in Georgia to vote Republican, liberals believe, and so they claim “voter suppression tactics” must have been involved. As if officials in Atlanta were “suppressing” Democrat voters? Never mind. It’s a paranoid conspiracy theory, and as such doesn’t require facts or logic.

One the one hand, Democrats claim the election was “stolen” as an excuse for wasting all that money from their liberal donors, but on the other hand, such claims are about maintaining anti-white resentment among their voter base, because if Democrats don’t get 90% of the black vote (and 80% of the Hispanic vote) they can’t win any elections anywhere south of Illinois or east of Nevada. There simply aren’t enough white liberals in most of America to make up a Democrat majority, and so the kind of people who live inside the CNN echo chamber must always have some kind of wacko theory to explain away Republican victories.

By the way, does anyone think racism alone explains why Abrams lost?


“One million dollars — that’s how much Stacey Abrams made over the last five years. But when it came time to pay her $54,000 tax bill, she didn’t. Instead, Abrams decided to loan her campaign for governor $50,000. Pushing a radical agenda to raise your taxes while delaying what she owes in order to fund her political campaign — Stacey Abrams, a self-serving, fiscally irresponsible career politician.”

That ad highlighted something Peter Daou and the Democrats don’t want to talk about. Despite her high income, Abrams had personal debt of more than $170,000, including a $54,000 debt to the IRS. Is that the kind of person you want to elect governor? Maybe if you’re a Democrat, but most Georgians are Republicans. And thank God for that.



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