Critics are throwing the shady, race card at the current first lady of the Peach State after she made a suggestive comment towards Stacey Abrams.
During a watch party for Republican gubernatorial candidate, Brian Kemp, Sandra Deal told the crowd that she wants to make sure that whoever replaces her in the governor’s mansion takes care of it.
“We are just so thankful for all of you who have supported Brian and his family. I really want a family in the mansion to take good care of it.”
First Lady Sandra Deal just spoke at Brian Kemp’s election watch party: “We are just so thankful for all of you who have supported Brian and his family. I really want a family in the mansion to take good care of it.” #ElectionOn2 pic.twitter.com/2WoQnonVsI
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) November 7, 2018
Sandra Deal is the wife of Nahan Deal, the current governor of Georgia. Many thought it suggested that Abrams, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who happens to be an African-American woman, Spelman and Yale Law graduate, was not good enough to take up residence there.
@GovernorDeal s wife just slapped @staceyabrams in the face with that remark,” one person tweeted. “Does she think Abrams won’t take good care of the mansion? She needs to apologize immediately.”
So far, Mrs. Deal has not apologized for the comment, and Abrams has not responded to it. The 44-year-old has bigger fish to fry as she continues to battle her Republican opponent in the race for governor. On Thursday, Kemp announced his resignation as secretary of state, to begin his transition to the state’s top office, despite the race still being undecided.
“On Tuesday, we earned a clean and convincing victory at the ballot box,” Kemp told CNN.
However, Abrams has not yet conceded the race.
“All the votes haven’t been counted,” John Chandler, the legal team for Stacey Abrams told CNN. “How can anybody claim a victory when there are enough votes that have not been counted that could cause a runoff here.”
Abrams’ team is also pursuing legal action. They’re demanding that Kemp’s team release all of the numbers that show he has won. In the lawsuit filed by Georgia voters, Kemp is being accused of using “the official powers of his office to interfere in the election to benefit himself and his political party and disadvantage his opponents.” The Georgia Democratic Party called Kemp’s “self-coronation” a “legally meaningless political stunt.”
.@BrianKempGA‘s self-coronation, using taxpayer resources, is a legally meaningless political stunt. Zero out of 159 counties have certified votes. Zero votes are officially reported until next week, and tens of thousands of votes have not been counted. #CantTrustKemp #gapol
— Georgia Democrat (@GeorgiaDemocrat) November 8, 2018
The governor’s race has also been accused of voter suppression. Many ballot machines, mostly in predominately African-American communities, were reportedly out of commission on Tuesday. CNN has not projected a winner in the race. As of Thursday night, Kemp is ahead of Abrams by nearly 63,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting. He has 50.3% of the vote, and Abrams has 48.7%. If no candidate receives 50%, there will be a runoff in early December. Despite the controversy and uncertainty, Kemp is still claiming victory.
On Thursday, Deal welcomed Kemp and declared he would be taking his place in office after the inauguration on the second Monday of January of next year.
“We were in court this morning, still dealing with a lot of these quite honestly, ridiculous lawsuits, and we’re going to continue to fight that,” Kemp told an audience Thursday morning during his transition. “The votes are not there for her. I certainly respect the hard-fought race that she ran, but that is a decision she is gonna have to make, but we’ve won the race, it’s very clear now, and we are moving forward with the transition.”