Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and political activist Stacey Abrams sparred Tuesday during a Senate hearing over her claims that the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race was "stolen" from her through suppressing black and other minority voters.
"You have said that you 'do not concede that the process was proper' and that 'they stole it from the voters of Georgia,'" said Cruz. "Yes or no, today do you still maintain that the 2018 Georgia election was stolen?"
Abrams said that she continues to believe that rules "permitted thousands of Georgia voters to be denied their participation in this election" and that "it was stolen from the voters of Georgia."
Cruz pointed out that Abrams had told the New York Times that her loss was "fully attributable to voter suppression" and then discussed voting statistics in Georgia.
"The percentage of black Georgians who are registered to vote in 2018 is 64.7%," he said. "That compares to 60.2% as the national average, the percentage of Georgians who voted in 2018, the election you claim was stolen from you, was 56.3%. That's higher than the national average of 48%."
Cruz then noted that African Americans had the highest registration and turnout rate of any racial demographic in the 2018 election.