Politics

Trump Tells Stacey Abrams To Move On And Accept Defeat

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Saagar Enjeti White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump urged Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to accept defeat and concede the race to Republican Brian Kemp in a Friday tweet aboard Air Force One en route to Paris.

Kemp currently holds approximately 50.3 percent of the vote with Abrams 48.7 percent. Abrams, however, refuses to concede the race contending that when the final vote tally is in, it will show Kemp below 50 percent of the vote.

Georgia law requires that if neither candidate holds a definitive majority, a runoff election in December is required.

Republican Brian Kemp (right) declared victory in the Georgia gubernatorial contest over Democrat Stacey Abrams Oct. 8, 2018, although the race had not been officially called. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images and Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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“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,” Abrams said Wednesday as her campaign legally maneuvers to count more absentee ballots.

Kemp, by contrast, has declared that there aren’t enough votes to be counted that would make a difference in the campaign and is accusing Abrams of trying to steal the election.

Trump later tweeted sarcastically about the ongoing election disputes in Georgia and Florida: