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Abrams Says She Won't Win Election But She Will Sue Over Election 'Mismanagement'

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Georgia governor. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for Georgia governor. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Democrat Stacey Abrams says she will file a federal lawsuit to challenge the "gross mismanagement" of Georgia elections.

Abrams made the comments in a Friday speech, shortly after she said she can't win the race for governor, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp.

She said: "In the coming days, we will be filing a major federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to protect future elections."

Kemp is Georgia's former secretary of state. Abrams and voting rights activists have argued for months that Kemp mismanaged the elections system in his post.

Kemp issued a statement: "The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future."

He referred to Abrams' concession, but she insisted her speech wasn't one of concession.

Earlier Friday, the Associated Press said Abrams was considering challenging the election results in a state court.

Unofficial returns showed Kemp with about 50.2 percent of more than 3.9 million votes. That put him about 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority and avoid a Dec. 4 runoff.

Abrams would have asserted that enough irregularities occurred to raise the possibility that at least 18,000 Georgians either had their ballots thrown out or were not allowed to vote.