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Democrat Stacey Abrams quits governor’s race, will sue over mismanagement of elections

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WATCH: Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee Stacey Abrams said on Friday that the state failed its voters and won't concede the race, but will instead file a federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia – Nov 16, 2018

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, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp.

READ MORE: Why Stacey Abrams refuses to concede the Georgia governor’s race to 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.”

WATCH: Abrams says she believes there was deliberate disenfranchisement for years in Georgia

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Abrams says she believes there was deliberate disenfranchisement for years in Georgia – Nov 18, 2018

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.

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He was backed by President Donald Trump.

WATCH: Brian Kemp ‘has purged an unprecedented number of voters,’ says Abrams campaign

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Brian Kemp ‘has purged an unprecedented number of voters’: Stacey Abrams campaign – Nov 9, 2018

A spokesman for the Kemp campaign didn’t answer his phone and didn’t immediately respond to a text message seeking comment after Abrams’ speech.

Abrams made her announcement just after 5 p.m. That was the earliest state officials could certify the results after a court-ordered review of absentee, provisional and other uncounted ballots. Abrams’ campaign had contended there were potentially enough uncounted votes to force a runoff.

WATCH: Stacey Abrams lawyers says they will litigate until every person’s vote has been counted in Georgia

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Stacey Abrams lawyers says they will litigate until every person’s vote has been counted in Georgia – Nov 8, 2018

Abrams had hoped to become the first black governor of the Deep South state and the first black female governor of any state.

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