In a last-ditch effort to stave off a gubernatorial campaign loss, Stacey Abrams’ campaign has hired more than lawyers for what Associated Press describes as an “unprecedented legal challenge.”
“Allegra Lawrence-Hardy, Abrams’ campaign chairwoman, is overseeing a team of almost three-dozen lawyers who in the coming days will draft the petition, along with a ream of affidavits from voters and would-be voters who say they were disenfranchised,” said AP.
The Abrams campaign has been engaged in a vicious battle over the results of the Nov. 6 election since it initially appeared that Republican Brian Kemp would best on Election Day. The campaign has pulled out all the stops – even phone-banking and sending email blasts to supporters requesting that they help “find” provisional ballots.
“The Democrat’s longshot strategy relies on a statute that’s never been used in such a high-stakes contest,” AP said. “It is being discussed as Georgia elections officials appear to be on the cusp of certifying Republican Brian Kemp as the winner of a bitterly fought campaign that’s been marred by charges of electoral malfeasance.”
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Incredibly, the Abrams campaign still believes that it has been wronged, though Georgia courts have ruled in its favor several times since Election Day. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, a court on which Abrams’ sister is a judge, ruled last week that absentee ballots that trickled in past the deadline would be counted. An activist judge who donated thousands of dollars to Democrat candidates on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia ruled in Abrams; favor too, allowing ballots with incorrect or absent birthdays to be counted.
The Kemp campaign has accused Abrams of taking legal action as a “publicity stunt” and called her refusal to concede a “ridiculous temper tantrum.” Kemp’s team has declared itself the victor and entered transition mode, planning on his inauguration in January.
“Unofficial returns show Kemp with about 50.2 percent of more than 3.9 million votes,” the AP report said. “That puts him about 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority and avoid a Dec. 4 runoff.”