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Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams says she can't win the Georgia governor's race, effectively ending her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp.

Abrams, who aimed to become the country's first black woman governor, on Friday acknowledged at a news conference that she had lost an election to Republican Brian Kemp, accusing him of voter suppression. Mr Kemp's campaign said even if every vote that Ms Abrams campaign is arguing for is granted by the courts and counted for her, she can not overcome his lead or force a run-off. This means that if Abrams' team can show that there was enough interference/irregularities to suppress the votes of 18,000 voters, either via tossed ballots or simple barriers that prevented them from voting, she could have a solid case.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has recognised her rival's victory while announcing a plan to sue the state. The election is over and Brian Kemp is the Governor-elect.

Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp.

The race grabbed the attention of the nation, with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigning for Abrams in the final days and President Donald Trump holding a rally for Kemp.

However, NPR reports she will be filing some sort of federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia, albeit one which won't challenge the outcome of this election.

Earlier in the day, Abrams' campaign rolled out a digital ad - with almost $100,000 behind it, according to a spokeswoman - that asks voters to share their stories of trouble at the polls.

The long-shot strategy, first reported by the Associated Press, comes as Georgia elections officials appear to be poised to certify Kemp as the victor in the hard-fought contest as early as 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.

The result of the Nelson-Scott race will not change the balance of power in the Senate, where Republicans extended their lead in the November 6 midterm vote, while Democrats took a majority in the House of Representatives.

While it is viewed as a long-shot, any case that comes before the Georgia Supreme Court is one worth watching, given the precedence that it sets for all future rulings.

Affidavits from poll workers reviewed by the AP describe long lines that discouraged people from voting, poll workers failing to offer provisional ballots to people who didn't show up on the rolls or were at the wrong polling place and election equipment that froze and had to be rebooted. Nelson has filed several lawsuits aimed at extending recount deadlines, allowing late absentee ballots and changing voter intent ballot rules. If her loss stands, it will force the party to yet another reckoning over how to compete in Georgia, particularly because Kemp will be governor when the General Assembly redraws district lines after the 2020 census. 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.

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