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Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, said Friday she would no longer pursue victory in the race. It had previously ripped Abrams for her refusal to concede, calling it a "publicity stunt" and "temper tantrum".

The race grabbed the attention of the nation, with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigning for Abrams in the final days and President Donald Trump holding a rally for Kemp.

Her opponent had been widely criticized for remaining in the chair as secretary of state-the office in charge of state elections-while also running for governor.

Abrams said Kemp would be named the governor, but that she protested against the process that got him elected. "As a woman of conscience and faith, I can not concede that".

After a tight race in which Republican Brian Kemp retained enough of a lead to avoid an automatic runoff, the Georgia governorship is coming down to legal strategy.

Unofficial results in the contest give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority over Abrams.

And the defeat was a setback for Georgia Democrats, who saw Abrams, their former leader in the state House of Representatives, as their most formidable candidate for statewide office in years. "So let's be clear, this is not a speech of concession".

"The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward".

After a history-making run, Georgia's Stacey Abrams reaches the end of this particular road. "We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future".

While Abrams called it quits, she said she would not concede the contest to Brian Kemp, the GOP's candidate in the hard-fought, racially charged contest.

"I don't want to hold public office if I have to scheme my way into the post because the title of governor isn't almost as important as our shared title - voters", she said. Abrams, who was vying to become the first black woman ever elected governor in USA history, had alleged throughout the campaign that Kemp, who stepped down as secretary of state after the election, had been working to disenfranchise minority voters and suppress new registrations. Instead, Republicans will point to that same economic success as a sustaining force and question - along with some Democrats - the wisdom of Abrams' embrace of so many national liberal political stars.

Trump cited voter fraud in the 2016 election and accused Democrats of foul play in their bid to win the tight Florida Senate and governor's races, the newspaper noted. Cindy Hyde-Smith of MS is headed to a November 27 runoff against Democrat Mike Espy after neither candidate secured a majority of the vote in a four-way race.

US District Judge Leigh May ordered Gwinnett County election officials on Tuesday not to reject absentee ballots just because the voter's birth year is missing or wrong. Kemp tried his hardest to steal the election.

The razor-thin margin between Abrams and Kemp is reflective of Georgia's march from once-solid Republican terrain toward becoming a purple state.