The winners were declared. They have already been inaugurated. They have already started legislating. Yet the losers in two U.S. elections are still refusing to concede their races.
Democrats Stacey Abrams of Georgia and Andrew Gillum of Florida still insist they are the rightful winners of their respective 2018 elections but were cheated out of their positions.
Abrams was asked by a tracker outside of an event last Thursday whether she would concede to Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican. After remaining silent, Abrams told attendees inside that she told the tracker she wouldn’t concede.
ABC News reporter Adam Kelsey tweeted that Abrams told the audience at the event: “I did win my election, I just didn’t get to have the job.”
Stacey Abrams, fresh off her meeting with Joe Biden earlier today in DC, said someone outside asked if she’s ever going to concede the Georgia gubernatorial election.
“I said, ‘no.’” pic.twitter.com/D0teC7VgEA
— Adam Kelsey (@adamkelsey) March 14, 2019
Abrams has maintained since her defeat that Kemp, then Georgia secretary of state, worked to suppress the vote in the Peach State, even though, as the Washington Free Beacon points out, voter participation in the gubernatorial race nearly doubled since the last election in 2014. Still, Abrams has claimed the race was not a “free or fair election.”
Kemp won 50.2% of the vote to Abrams’ 48.8%.
In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis is already hard at work. He suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel following a year of reporting and investigations that revealed he failed to protect the people of Parkland and the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. DeSantis won his election by less than one percentage point.
His opponent, Tallahassee mayor Gillum, continues to claim the election isn’t over. Speaking with “Real Time” host Bill Maher, Gillum suggested that not all votes were counted in 2018.
“Had we been able to legally count every one of those votes not just in Florida but in Georgia, I wonder what the outcome may be,” Gillum told the HBO host. He claimed he and Abrams both lost in razor thin “rounding error” margins.
Gillum may see the close election as illegitimate, but Democrats aren’t claiming the election was invalid, according to Florida Politics.
Gillum and Abrams both lost, but are now hinting at possible 2020 presidential runs. Gillum is holding a “major announcement” in South Florida on March 20. Abrams said during her event last Thursday that she needed to consider it since she has a lot to offer.
Failed senate candidate Robert O’Rourke didn’t let a loss stop him from running for president in 2020. He made the announcement last week to glowing profiles and media cheers, even though he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018.
Despite her loss, Abrams was picked to give the Democrat response to President Donald Trump’s state of the union speech earlier this year. It’s all evidence that while Democrats like Hillary Clinton went apoplectic when Trump suggested he wouldn’t accept the results of the 2016 election if he lost, their own party hasn’t accepted a major loss since.
Don’t expect the left-wing media to cover either of these two candidates refusing to concede elections they lost. As Clinton said, “One of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our elections.”