Stacey Abrams — the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate who emphasized in her “concession” speech nearly two weeks after losing the election that it was “not a speech of concession” — will be airing a voting rights ad during the Super Bowl this coming Sunday.
According to Huffington Post, Abrams’ political group Fair Fight “has bought airtime on Georgia affiliates during Sunday’s NFL broadcast so the Atlanta Democrat can push for election law changes.”
“Fair Fight is spending $100,000 on the initial ad buy in multiple markets beyond the more expensive metro Atlanta market. Digital ads will be targeted to metro Atlanta residents,” HuffPo reports.
Stacey Abrams lost her bid to become governor of Georgia when Republican Brian Kemp defeated her by a margin of nearly 55,000 votes — 1,978,408 to 1,923,685. Despite the insurmountable gap, she refused to concede by claiming the election had been stolen. She is now a top choice to run for Georgia Senate in 2020.
“In the Super Bowl ad, Abrams appears alongside a white Republican county commissioner from north Georgia,” reports HuffPo. “They call for hand-marked paper ballots to replace Georgia’s touch-screen voting system.”
The Republican, Natalie Crawford, will reportedly be featured saying, “We don’t agree on everything,” before Abrams interjects to say, “But we love Georgia. Every vote should be counted, from every corner of our state.”
Abrams finally “acknowledged” her loss to Brian Kemp after nearly threatening to sue in order to force a runoff election. Her “not a speech of concession” was noteworthy for setting a condition. “I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election,” Abrams said. “Let’s be clear: This is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that.”
Speaking with Fox News, Brian Kemp refuted Abrams’ claims that the election was somehow “stolen” from her, noting that one county she complained about was controlled by Democrats.
“Well, that’s just a mistruth. The county elections officials, the local elections boards have the sole responsibility for how many polling locations they have and where they are,” Kemp said. “That has been the rule of law and the way it works in Georgia under Republican and Democrat Secretaries of State. So that’s just not true. And by the way, the one county that this was an issue with before the election, they’re controlled by Democrats. She’s blaming me for a problem that they created and it’s just ridiculous.”
“We have laws on the books in Georgia, and I know she may not like some of the laws, but we take an oath of office and the county officials have a duty to follow the law and the elections rules that we have in our state,” Kemp said. “We check citizenship. We require people to show photo ID when they vote. And we verify this information before people go on the voter rolls.”
Abrams has shown her own level of disrespect for voting laws, considering that she once stated she “wouldn’t oppose” non-citizens being allowed to vote in local elections.