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 Atlanta — Republican Brian Kemp is congratulating Democrat Stacey Abrams on a hard-fought campaign for Georgia governor, but says it’s time to put the race behind him and focus on leading the state.

Kemp held a news conference Saturday, the day after Abrams acknowledged her GOP opponent had won.

She refused to concede, however, and accused Kemp of “gross mismanagement” in overseeing the election as Georgia’s secretary of state. She said she plans to file a federal lawsuit challenging the way Georgia administers elections.

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Kemp struck a more conciliatory tone toward Abrams, saying she “ran one heck of a campaign and I know she can be proud of that effort.”

Kemp also defended his victory. He said: “Look, we have laws on the books that prevent elections from being stolen from anyone.”

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