Hoping to send the state’s gubernatorial election into a runoff, Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams filed suit in a federal court on Sunday.
In her suit, Abrams is attempting to stop Georgia election officials from tossing out more than a thousand absentee and provisional ballots.
CNN reports that Abrams’ team is convinced that they’re just a few thousand votes away from forcing a runoff, even though they are roughly 59,000 votes behind Republican candidate Brian Kemp with 100 percent of precincts having reported.
Although Kemp currently has 50.3 percent of the vote, if indeed he slips below 50 percent, the two candidates will be forced into a runoff.
“This race is not over. It’s still too close to call. And we cannot have confidence in the secretary of state’s numbers,” Abrams’ campaign manager told the media on Sunday. “In short, our legal strategy is simple: Count every vote.”
Abrams seeks to have more than just “every vote” counted. However, she wants all votes, even those apparently cast illegally and rejected by election officials, counted towards her total.
Her team’s federal lawsuit covers around a thousand absentee ballots that CNN says were rejected because of “missing information,” but also several thousand provisional ballots cast in “Gwinnett and Dekalb counties…[rejected] because [the voters] are registered in a different county,” according to The Daily Wire.
Abrams efforts may be futile at this point, as Fox News reports that Abrams would need more than 20,000 additional votes to pull Kemp under 50 percent.
The lawsuit filed Sunday could at least result in a temporary injunction, delaying Georgia counties from certifying their final votes, which is an action that must happen by Tuesday.
The Kemp campaign released a statement Saturday criticizing Abrams for refusing to concede in Georgia’s gubernatorial election.
Kemp’s campaign claims that “it is mathematically impossible for Abrams to force a runoff or win.”
“Stacey Abrams’ antics are a disgrace to democracy and completely ignore the will of the people,” said Ryan Mahoney, the campaign’s communications director.
He added: “This is not how America works. Brian Kemp earned a clear victory on Tuesday night and holds a sizable lead as remaining provisional and military ballots are counted.”