Elections

Stacy Abrams Concedes 2022 Loss To Kemp, She Still Hasn’t Conceded 2018 Loss

Democrat challenger Stacy Abrams conceded her loss to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) in the state’s 2022 gubernatorial election on Tuesday – yet she still has not conceded her loss to Kemp in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election.

“I know the results aren’t what we hoped for tonight. And I understand that you are hurting,” Abrams said in her concession speech. “And you are disappointed, I am too. We may not have made it to the finish line. But we ran that race. And we know this path and we know that running is what matters. That standing is what matters. That defending is what matters.”

“I say that our vision and our values are never clouded, that our intention is righteous, that our future is bright. And while we may not write the story today, there will always be another chapter, and together. We will get it done. Thank you so much,” she added.

After losing to Kemp in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election by more than 55,000 votes, Abrams notoriously refused to concede her loss.

“This is not a speech of concession. Concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper… I cannot concede,” Abrams said in November 2018.

Abrams has since claimed that Kemp was not the legitimate governor of Georgia and that his victory was a result of “voter suppression” and a “broken system.”

As she campaigned with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe last year – also an election denier who denies the results of the 2000 presidential election – Abrams suggested that she actually won the 2018 election.

“Just because you win doesn’t mean you won,” Abrams said. “We’ve got folks who are ready to take back what they think is theirs, but they are not entitled to our progress. They are not entitled to our justice. They are not entitled to our vote.”

“I come from a state where I was not entitled to become the governor, but as an American citizen and a citizen of Georgia, I’m going to fight for every person who has the right to vote to be able to cast that vote,” she added.

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DeSantis Responds To His Dominant Victory: Florida Is Where Wokeness Goes To Die

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dominated in his state’s gubernatorial election on Tuesday night, declaring victory as he was up by double digits in 60 of Florida’s 67 counties.

DeSantis responded to his victory by declaring that Florida is where wokeness goes to die.

“We have embraced freedom,” said DeSantis, who is widely expected to be a top 2024 presidential contender. “We have maintained law and order. We have protected the rights of parents. We have respected our taxpayers, and we reject woke ideology.”

“We fight the woke in the legislature. We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never ever surrender to the woke mob,” he continued. “Florida is where woke goes to die!”

“Now while our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track,” DeSantis said. “I believe the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles.”

“Florida has proved that it can be done, we offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead,” DeSantis added. “I am proud of our achievements in this state. I am honored by your support and I look forward to the road ahead.”

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Republican Senate Candidate Don Bolduc Dodged Punch From Attacker Before Debate

On Wednesday, New Hampshire Republican Senate candidate and retired U.S. Army brigadier general Don Bolduc dodged a punch from a man who tried to attack him just before his debate with incumbent Democrat Senator Maggie Hassan (NH).

“Prior to the debate, an individual in the crowd gathered outside attempted to punch the General and was quickly apprehended and arrested. We are grateful [for] the quick response from law enforcement on the scene,” Bolduc campaign spokesperson Kate Constantini said Thursday.

Bolduc briefly alluded to the incident on stage during the debate.

“It’s a sign of the times. It’s a sign of political problems. Republicans and Democrats that fuel issues with people that get them to the point where they are just so upset at an individual that they strike out at them,” Bolduc said.

“[It] happened to me outside just before I came in here. This is wrong and it needs to be stopped,” he added.

Bolduc’s campaign later added to his remarks in after the debate.

“As the General said on stage tonight, it’s time to lower the temperature of the political discourse in this country,” a Bolduc campaign spokesperson told Boston 25 News.

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DeSantis Predicts Republicans Will Win Governorship In New York

On Thursday night, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed the Biden administration and predicted that the red wave would be so strong in next month’s midterm elections that Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) would win the gubernatorial race in deep-blue New York.

DeSantis made the comments during a Fox News town hall event hosted by Sean Hannity, saying that he believes Republicans would win multiple highly contested races across the country.

“We have a situation where voters are responding to a failed administration,” DeSantis said. “There’s just no way to sugarcoat it. Things have gotten worse since Joe Biden was president, the inflation’s at a 40-year high, he’s waged war on American energy, he’s bungled the southern border like we’ve never seen before.”

“So on issue after issue, they’re failing. The Democrats are still in lockstep with him, they will not break with their extreme policies, and our candidates are offering a better vision,” he continued. “So I think we need to work hard over these next little less than two weeks, everybody needs to be going out to vote. But if we do our part, and we get all like-minded people, and not just Republicans, we get independents and some Democrats. If we all do that, I think this will be one of the best midterm elections of our lifetime.”

As the race gubernatorial race in New York between Gov. Kathy Hochul and Zeldin has tightened in recent weeks, the Democratic party is reportedly “frantic.”

“With just 12 days until Election Day, Democrats and their allies are mounting a frenzied push to keep Ms. Hochul in office, pouring millions of dollars into last-minute ads and staging a whirlwind of campaign rallies to energize their base amid concerns that their typically reliable bedrock of Black and Latino voters might not turn out,” The New York Times reported.

“Labor unions have gone into overdrive, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on television and radio ads to cajole those voters to turn up for Ms. Hochul,” the outlet added. “On the ground, Ms. Hochul is expected to campaign with Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a party power broker whose Brooklyn district provides crucial votes for the Democratic base, as well as in southeast Queens with Mayor Eric Adams over the weekend.”

The Hochul campaign has even called on former adversaries for help, with one organization going as for as holding an “emergency all-hands-on-deck meeting” of its leadership earlier this week to mobilize in favor of Hochul.

Fetterman Struggles During Debate: ‘I Do Support Fracking. And I Don’t’

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman struggled to answer questions about his conflicting statements on fracking during the debate with his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz.

“You have made two conflicting statements regarding fracking,” the moderator said. “In a 2018 interview, you said quote, ‘I don’t support fracking at all. I never have.’ But earlier this month, you told an interviewer, quote, ‘I support fracking. I support the energy independence that we should have here in the United States.’”

The moderator then asked Fetterman to explain his abrupt change in position.

“I, I, I’ve always supported fracking,” Fetterman claimed. “And I always believe that independence with our energy is, is critical. And we can’t be held, you know, ransom to somebody like Russia. You know, I’ve always believed that energy independence is critical. And I’ve always believed that and I do support fracking he, uh, and never taken any money from their, their, their industry, but I support how critical it is that we produce our own energy and create energy independence.”

“I do want to clarify something,” the moderator said. “You’re saying tonight that you support fracking, that you’ve always supported fracking, but there is that 2018 interview that you said, quote, ‘I don’t support fracking at all.’ So how do you square the two?”

“I do support fracking. And I don’t, I don’t. I support fracking,” Fetterman responded. “And I stand and I do support fracking.”

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