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Election Official in Georgia Demands Big Apology From Joe Biden, Stacey Abrams

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A top Georgia election official believes the state deserves a huge apology from President Joe Biden and the Democratic candidate for governor, Stacey Abrams.

“How many turnout records do we have to break before Stacey Abrams and President Biden apologize to Georgia?” asked Gabriel Sterling, Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, in response to previous claims by Biden and Abrams that changes to the state’s voter integrity laws in 2021 would stifle turnout.

“We’re on track to break records in terms of voter turnout in every category,” the office of Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger noted further in a statement.

“In 2018, 223,576 Georgians voted by mail for Governor. So far this year, we’ve received 239,789 requests for absentee ballots, 238,356 have been mailed out. We’ll exceed 2018’s total for mailed-in ballots. So far we’ve been breaking the early vote record set in 2018, and we’re approaching the early vote numbers in 2020,” the statement added.

“Georgia voters continued to hit record-breaking turnout on day three of Early Voting. As of Thursday morning, just under 400,000 Georgia voters have cast their ballot during in-person Early Voting, with 126,918 showing up on Wednesday, October 19th,” Raffensperger’s office said.

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“Wednesday’s total marks a 63.3% increase from day three of 2018 midterm Early Voting and is only slightly under the total of day three of Early Voting in the 2020 Presidential election,” said the statement, adding:

Georgia has had record Early Voting turnout since the first day of Early Voting this year, surging to nearly twice the number on the first day of Early Voting in 2018.

Yesterday’s total continues to surpass the previous midterm Early Voting records made in the 2018 midterm election, and the cumulative total is only 15,000 votes under the Presidential election cumulative total at this point in 2020.

The counties have worked tirelessly alongside our office to encourage Georgians to cast their vote early,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. “County election directors are getting the job done and Georgians know it.”

Reports of long lines were rare, with some lines in the metro areas being reported. No substantial delays were reported yesterday.

Early Voting turnout is expected to increase during the last week of Early Voting. All counties will have mandatory Saturday voting this coming Saturday.

Last week, Abrams did not do her underdog campaign any favors when she appeared to suggest that abortion was a solution to inflation, which has posted record gains under Biden and a Democrat-controlled Congress.

In an interview with MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle this week, Abrams was asked how she could help tamp down voters’ concerns about inflation, which has led to substantial increases in gas, fuel, food, and housing costs and prices since Biden took office. In response, Abrams seemed to suggest that abortion would help alleviate inflation by eliminating the expense of raising a child, Fox News reported.

“But let’s be clear. Having children is why you’re worried about your price for gas, it’s why you’re concerned about how much food costs. For women, this is not a reductive issue. You can’t divorce being forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy from the economic realities of having a child,” she said.

Continuing, Abrams hinted that personal economic success and abortion are linked: “And so these are — it’s important for us to have ‘both and’ conversations. We don’t have the luxury of reducing it or separating them out.”

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Her comments drew no small amount of outrage from conservatives online.

Christina Pushaw, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rapid response director, tweeted: “She is so bad at this.”

Virginia state delegate Nick Freitas remarked, “Under Democratic leadership, you can’t afford children, but don’t worry, they will force your neighbor to pay for your abortion!”

Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk queried: “Why are Democrats like Stacey Abrams and Katie Hobbs so obsessed with full-term baby killing?”

Lavern Spicer, a former GOP congressional candidate, added: “Stacey Abrams says killing your unborn children helps with inflation because you don’t have to worry about how much it costs to feed them. Stacey Abrams is a demon.”

Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell was shocked by Abrams’ suggestion: “Stacey Abrams just said more abortions will help solve the inflation problem. You can’t make this up.”

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