Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has been unfairly kept out of office through illicit electoral practices.
“I know Stacey [Abrams] well – she was one of my really strong surrogates in the campaign. If she’d had a fair election, she already would have won,” Clinton said while receiving the Arena Award from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.
Abrams’ race against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, remains officially undecided, although Kemp lead by 55,000 votes as of Wednesday.
Prominent Democrats have increasingly accused Kemp of interfering in the election through his role as secretary of state, casting his efforts to secure voter rolls as an attempt at voter suppression. Specifically, critics have cited Kemp’s October attempt to purge some 53,000 voters, whose registration information did not match existing information in state databases, from the rolls.
“If Stacey Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it,” Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said of Ohio said Wednesday while speaking at the National Action Network conference in Washington. “It’s clear. It’s clear. I say that publicly and it’s clear.”
“They win elections by redistricting and reapportionment and voter suppression and all the ways they try to scare people, particularly people of color,” added Brown, who is considering a 2020 presidential run.
Kemp has denied the allegations that he exploited his role overseeing elections to give himself an advantage.
“Since Election night, hardworking Georgians have watched how the ‘new’ Democratic Party behaves,” said Cody Hall, Kemp’s press secretary. “Stacey Abrams and her radical backers will stop at nothing to undermine democracy and attempt to steal this election to be Georgia’s next governor.”