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Kemp campaign claims victory in governor’s race; Abrams readies legal team

Updated: Nov. 7, 2018 at 5:42 PM EST
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ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Brian Kemp’s campaign has claimed victory in the governor’s race for Georgia, according to the Associated Press.

The Georgia governor’s race has not been called yet by AP, the news organization tweeted.

Kemp had a narrow lead of 50.33 percent to 48.73 percent of the votes over Stacey Abrams, the democratic nominee for governor.

Kemp also took to the stage early Wednesday morning at his watch party in Athens and claimed an unofficial win.

ELECTION NIGHT: Brian Kemp addresses supporters at his watch party early into Wednesday morning.

Posted by WALB News 10 on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Georgia’s current governor, Nathan Deal, who endorsed Kemp during the campaign, tweeted his congratulations to Kemp on Wednesday, calling him the governor elect.

Abrams, whose watch party was in Atlanta Tuesday night, has not conceded in the race.

Abrams told supporters that she would not give up until every vote was counted and also suggested a runoff.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams addresses a crowd of supporters and media...
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams addresses a crowd of supporters and media outlets at an Atlanta watch party. (Source: WALB)

On Wednesday morning, the democratic nominee said that absentee and provisional ballots are still being counted.

Abrams' campaign outlined Wednesday night why the Kemp campaign’s claim of victory was premature.

The campaign also has assembled a litigation team while considering every avenue of ensuring every Georgia vote cast is counted, officials said.

According to Abrams' campaign, an additional 23,783 votes are needed to push the race into the recount threshold. A total of 25,632 votes will push the race into a runoff.

The Abrams campaign is currently at a deficit of 62,881 votes, officials said.

A record number of votes were cast by Georgians in the mid-term elections, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

Currently, less than 3,000 non-provisional votes remain statewide, officials said.

Approximately 22,000 provisional ballots have been cast, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The Abrams campaign is asking for all the data regarding the 25,000 outstanding ballots be released immediately.

County officials have until Friday to verify provisional ballots and they have until Nov. 13 to certify the results.

The Secretary of State’s office will certify the final results after county certification no later than Nov. 14.

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