Stacey Abrams Denies She Ever Denied Losing the Gubernatorial Election in Georgia

Co-host of “The View” Sunny Hostin commended Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for refusing to concede in her 2018 race against Brian Kemp. According to Fox News, Hostin asked Abrams, “So this is your second run against incumbent Brian Kemp for governor, and polls show a tight race, especially the poll this morning. When you lost in 2018, you didn’t traditionally concede which I appreciated because you cited voter suppression. Are you confident that this will be a free and fair election, and not a repeat performance of what happened before?”

Abrams replied, saying she liked the framing of the question and explained, “I have never denied that I lost. I don’t live in the governor’s mansion. I would have noticed.” She continued, “And there is this clip that’s going around, and it shows me saying that we won, and what I was referring to was that we won in terms of communities that were long left out of the electoral process finally participating in ’18 in outstanding numbers.”

However, in 2019, Abrams spoke at the convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and said, “despite the final tally and the inauguration [of Gov. Brian Kemp] and the situation we find ourselves in, I do have a very affirmative statement to make: We won.” Additionally, in 2019, She told the New York Times she stood by her claim of having “won” even though she was not the governor.

In February of this year, Abrams said in an interview with Axios that she would “acknowledge the victor” in the 2022 gubernatorial election. She claimed, “I will always acknowledge the legal outcome of an election. I have never failed to do that.” She also noted that she doesn’t want Americans to be in a place “where we cannot legitimately question” the systems to improve them.

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