Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams would already have won Georgia’s governor race if there had been a fair election.
“If she had a fair election, she already would have won,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said while speaking at the University of Texas’s LBJ School of Public Affairs, according to The Statesman.
Clinton on Tuesday night received the inaugural In the Arena Award from the university. She spoke about a variety of topics after accepting the honor, including Georgia’s governor’s race, which remains unsettled.
The race has gained national attention, as Abrams vies to become the first African-American woman to be elected governor in U.S. history. Her opponent, former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R), leads Abrams in an official tally of the votes.
She already faces a narrow path to the governor’s mansion. Unofficial returns show Kemp with about 50.2 percent of more than 3.9 million votes. That puts him over 18,000 votes above the threshold required to win by a majority and avoid a runoff in Dec. 4.
The race has drawn scrutiny over issues related to voting rights. Many accused Kemp of unfairly suppressing the vote in his role as secretary of state, a role he eventually stepped down from after repeated calls to do so.
On Tuesday, a federal judge found that Gwinnett County, Ga., violated the Civil Rights Act by rejecting absentee ballots solely on the basis of an omitted or incorrect birth year.
The ruling came just one day after another judge ordered the state to preserve and count provisional ballots filed for the governor’s race. Georgia election officials cannot certify the election until Friday at 5 p.m., according to the ruling.
Ohio democratic Senator Sen. Sherrod Brown said if Stacey Abrams does not win the Georgia gubernatorial race then Republicans “stole” the race in a speech Wednesday to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“If Stacey Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it, it’s clear. It’s clear. I say that publicly,” Brown said.
“They can’t win elections but there are way more of us than of them. They can’t win elections fairly; they win elections by redistricting and reapportionment and voter suppression.” He added
“In all the ways that they try to scare people, particularly people of color how they make it hard for people on college campuses, especially community college where there are more low-income people and more people of color.”
“We know those despicable laws are often aimed that way. We much make sure obviously that every vote is counted in Georgia and Florida and everywhere else.”