Yes, Stacey Abrams really lost — again

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Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams speaks to volunteers during an election eve phone and text bank party Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Yes, Stacey Abrams really lost — again

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Election denial is in vogue. But it looks like it might have its limits.

Twice-failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has spent the last four years, since losing the Georgia governor’s seat to Brian Kemp in 2018, denying the results of the state’s legitimate election and raking in millions of dollars as a Democratic mouthpiece and campaigner for election denial — er, I mean, voting rights.

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Emboldened in her delusions by a fawning media, Abrams decided to run against Kemp again in this year’s midterm elections. She has not garnered the support from Georgians that she had hoped, but she has never let voters’ opinions get in the way of her own perception of reality. Last week, Abrams looked at Kemp’s double-digit lead and called their matchup a “tight race.”

Oh, to have the confidence of Stacey Abrams. She should teach classes on the power of positive thinking. Well, she has the positive thinking down. But then there’s nothing to show for it.

“We believe that we are on a path to victory if we can get all our voters turned out and if they can navigate the difficulties put in place by Brian Kemp and [Georgia Secretary of State] Brad Raffensperger,” she said, setting the stage to deny the results of the 2022 election.

Surprisingly, however, ABC News reported on Tuesday night that Abrams had called Kemp to concede. With 86% of precincts reporting, Kemp gained 53.8% of the voter over Abrams’s 45.5%. That’s quite the gap compared to her 2018 election loss, in which Kemp won by 1.4%.

A concession, which used to be the bare minimum in political collegiality, is, sadly, impressive here.

Abrams might finally be done running for governor in Georgia. But that doesn’t mean we’ve heard the last of her. Expect her to continue in election denialism, if only because this isn’t just her playbook — now, it’s a classic Democrat move. (To be fair, let’s not forget about the Republicans.)

Now, whether the race concerns Abrams or any other Democrat, liberals are committed to the narrative that voter suppression is responsible for their losses. Clearly the only way the GOP can win is through some kind of fraud or trick — not because voters actually want Republicans in office.

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