Georgia Republican gubernatorial winner Brian Kemp dismissed allegations of voter suppression as ridiculous on Monday after defeating Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams.
“We had a record turnout for a midyear election,” Kemp told host Laura Ingraham on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
“It was over a million more votes than we had in the 2014 gubernatorial race. So this was a historic election,” he said. “All of this nonsense the Left is saying about our process in Georgia is ridiculous.”
That state was among the few that remained mired in bitter fights for over a week after the midterm elections had ended.
Kemp (shown above right, beside Abrams) was leading by a few points when he declared victory in the race on November 7.
He resigned from his position as secretary of state the next morning.
Abrams repeatedly refused this past weekend to call the victor “legitimate” during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“It’s never been easier to register to vote. It’s never been easier to participate in our elections,” Kemp said to Ingraham on Monday. “But we have laws on the books to make sure we have secure elections. And those laws are in place to make sure only eligible voters can cast a ballot on Election Day.”
Kemp retained his office as secretary of state throughout the campaign. But some have called into question whether that would be a conflict of interest, since he oversaw the election in that role.
Abrams and her supporters have accused him of removing eligible people from the voting rolls.
“Secure elections start with having up-to-date, secure voter rolls,” Kemp said. “We have laws in place that I have to follow as the secretary of state and the county registers have to follow. Stacey Abrams and those folks don’t like those laws because they would like to do away with them. They want anyone they can find to register to vote.”
Kemp did not resign from the role even as national pressure grew to do so, but he did resign after declaring victory.
Abrams has stood by her accusations despite acknowledging her defeat. She doesn’t expect to overcome the voting gap between them — but maintains the loss is the result of cheating.
“They want people to go vote provisional ballots that aren’t even registered to vote,” Kemp said on Monday.
“Then they want to ask a liberal judge to count that vote. We have these laws in place for a reason. And if there are changes that need to be done, that needs to start at the legislature. Not some liberal activist judge.”
Abrams and her campaign have filed a lawsuit against the state over how it handled the election.
U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May gave her a boost last week when he ruled that Gwinnett County violated the Civil Rights Act in its rejection of absentee ballots.
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