Stacey Abrams vows to keep fighting in tight governor's race — Georgia

Stacey Abrams vows to keep fighting in tight governor's race — Georgia

She said that they believed there were outstanding votes in Democratic areas, as well as absentee and provisional ballots left to be accounted for that could deprive Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp of the 50 percent needed to clinch the election outright.

She addressed her supporters early Wednesday morning, in a speech far more characteristic of a campaign than a concession.

The elections chief wasn't immune to the difficulties: When Kemp went to cast his ballot, he had an issue with his voter card, but it was fixed quickly.

The race for the governorship was tight for months and Abrams enjoyed outside support from key Democrats including former President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. "If I wasn't your first choice, or if you didn't vote, you're going to have a chance to do a do-over".

Kemp, the secretary of state who also oversees elections, came under fire from Democrats and civil rights organizations who accused him of slow-walking voter registration and purging voter rolls - actions which tend to disproportionately affect African American and minority voters - in order to suppress the black vote and tilt the election in his favor. Republicans have won every Georgia governor's race since 2002.

The Protect Democracy nonprofit announced that it filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to keep Kemp from being involved in counting votes, certifying results or any runoff or recount.

In the wake of the Election Day, Kemp made a dramatic announcement of "possible cyber crimes" by the Georgia Democratic Party. The lawsuit says that Kemp presiding over an election in which he is a candidate "violates a basic notion of fairness".

More news: Republicans projected to keep control of Senate

Kemp pushed back Monday against concerns that his call for an investigation is politically motivated. Secretary of state's office spokeswoman Candice Broce called the lawsuit a "twelfth-hour stunt".

News says the race is too early to call.

"I've never seen a time where the state of Georgia had more at stake than we do in this contest", Kemp told supporters at one campaign stop.

"Brian Kemp and Ron DeSantis--President Trump weighed in on both primaries".

Abrams, meanwhile, continued as she has throughout her campaign noting the potential historical significance but arguing the contest should be about more.

A recent poll by Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed Abrams and Kemp to be shockingly close to one another, with Abrams polling at 46.9 percent of the vote and Kemp at 46.7 percent; those numbers are well within the survey's estimated three percent margin error, The Hill reported. "There's a lot of votes out there, they just need to be counted", he said.

The race in Georgia, a state in the deep south that Donald Trump won by 5.16 percentage points in 2016, was among the most closely watched in the USA midterms.

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