Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams didn’t give up and vowed to fight until every single vote is counted in Georgia.
But we still have a few more miles to go. Hear me clearly, that, too, is an opportunity to show the world who we are because in Georgia civil rights have always been an act of will and our battle for our souls. And because we have been fighting this fight since our beginnings, we have learned a fundamental truth. Democracy only works when we work for it. When we fight for it.
When we demand it. And apparently, today when we stand in lines for hours to meet it at the ballot box. That’s when democracy works. But I’m here tonight to tell you votes remain to be counted. There are voices waiting to be heard. Across our state folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach. But we cannot seize it until all voices are heard. And I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted. Every single vote. Every vote is getting counted. Because I’ll tell you this, in a civilized nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone everywhere, not just in certain places and not just on a certain day.
But what lies on the other side of our efforts, our best lives are within reach. Fully funded public education in the state of Georgia. Medicaid expansion. And raising family incomes without raising taxes. Every Georgian we have touched along the way understands the power of the vote. And I will tell you, this election has tested our faith. I’m not going to name names, but some have worked hard to take our voices away, to scare us away, to distract us. But our vision is clear and we see the finish line. You have inspired me every single day of this campaign. I know what you sacrificed to make your way to the polls, to volunteer after work or on lunch breaks. And I know you put your faith in me and you’ll do it again.
Georgia, you put your faith in me but I want you to know tonight, the feeling is mutual. I want you to look around, tonight should be all the proof you need, that when we put our faith in the great state, there is nothing we can’t accomplish together. This, this fundamental truth is why we fight on. Because Georgia still has a decision to make. A decision between division and trickery. Or a leadership that defends your rights, your kids, your career, your community and your right to vote in America! That’s what’s on the ballot!
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) November 7, 2018
It wouldn’t be surprising if after the absentee ballots are counted the Georgia election ends up going to a runoff. One thing is clear. Stacey Abrams is in this for the long haul and she is ready for a fight.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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