Democrat Stacey Abrams is considering an unprecedented legal challenge in the unresolved Georgia governor's race that could leave the state's Supreme Court deciding whether to force another round of voting.
Abrams has called Kemp, the former Georgia secretary of state, the "architect of voter suppression" in the state.
"Let's be clear: This is not a speech of concession because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true or proper", Abrams said amid a blistering attack on Kemp's record as the state's chief elections regulator and on the balloting process in Georgia.
Abrams said she would "pray for the success of Brian Kemp, that he will indeed be a leader for all Georgians".
Earlier Friday, Abrams was considering filing a separate lawsuit contesting the results and demanding a new election.More news: Stubborn Silva Inches Sri Lanka Past England at Kandy
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Kemp called the election over in a statement Friday. Prior to Election Day, groups had sued to prevent Kemp from throwing out more than 50,000 voter-registration forms that had been put on hold because personal information did not exactly match state databases. But the party also has plenty of other ambitious politicians who will want to take advantage of the path that Abrams' has laid out. Kemp now has 50.2 percent of the vote and 18,000 more votes than he needs to avoid a run-off.
He declined to extend the period during which evidence could be submitted to prove the eligibility of voters who cast provisional ballots. Abrams had been fighting to include additional provisional and absentee ballots into the count, hoping that could help her close the roughly 18,000 vote deficit she needed to force a runoff next month.
"In accepting Abrams' decision to end her campaign, Kemp said he appreciated "her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service".
Since Election Day, Abrams campaign workers have transitioned from get-out-the-vote efforts to helping voters determine whether their ballots were counted and documenting reported problems. Stacey Abrams has acknowledged Kemp's unjust win.
He continued, "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 said shortly after Ms Abrams' speech.
In her speech she cited hours-long lines at polling stations, thousands of voter registrations frozen before the election, and polling sites shuttered. "It is about the democracy that we share and the responsibility to preserve our way of life", she said Friday. Trump won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016, but Democrats' increasing strength in the suburbs bodes well for their chances in future statewide races. The next big shot for Democrats is a 2020 Senate race, with Republican Sen.