Georgia’s Governor’s Race Finally Over

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Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

Even though most midterm elections concluded on election day, Georgia’s gubernatorial race raged on well past election day. No agency  called the race in either Republican Brian Kemp’s or his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams’s favor, but on Thursday, November 8th, Kemp resigned as Georgia’s Secretary of State to prepare for the transition to the governor’s office. Notably, Abrams had not conceded the race yet, arguing that there were still absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. Abrams’s campaign announced that it would file a lawsuit over absentee ballots in Dougherty County as the hotly contested governor’s race remained too close to call, The Hill reports.

Kemp’s campaign argued that there simply were not enough absentee votes to make a difference in the results anyway. “Based on counts released by the Secretary of State’s office, Brian Kemp’s margin is so large that the number of provisional ballots and overseas ballots will not change his Election Day victory,” Kemp’s press secretary said the Wednesday after the election. “It is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to force a recount or run-off election.”

Kemp led with 50.3% of the vote, while Abrams had 48.7% and Libertarian candidate Ted Metz had 0.9%, according to CNN election results. If no candidate received 50%, there would be a runoff in early December.