Kemp Steps Down as GA Sec State After Declaring Midterm Victory While Abrams Still Refuses to Concede
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Kemp Steps Down as GA Sec State After Declaring Midterm Victory While Abrams Still Refuses to Concede

Despite the Georgia governor’s race still uncalled, Republican candidate Brian Kemp submitted his resignation from Georgia’s Secretary of State, as he holds a narrow lead ahead of Democrat Stacey Abrams — while Abrams continues to refuse to concede.

Kemp’s resignation letter would take effect at 11:59 a.m. on Thursday, as he waits out for the winner to be called in the narrow Georgia Governor race.

His letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) read that he was resigning to “focus on the transition to my gubernatorial administration.”

“I look forward to serving as Georgia’s 83rd Governor and building on the success of your tenure as the leader of our state.”

Even though the GOP candidate has called his victory in the 2018 midterm election race, his opponent has fought back and continues to refuse to concede.

Current polls show Kemp with 50.3 percent of the votes, compared to 48.7 percent for Abrams, with 100 percent of the votes reported.

Kemp declared victory on Wednesday when his campaign official Ryan Mahoney said, “We are declaring victory,” the Associated Press reported.

Another campaign official told reporters, “The message here is pretty simple: This election is over, and the results are clear.”

Kemp was faced with accusations that he was trying to suppress minority voters with Georgia’s voter registration laws, as his former position would allow him to oversee “vote counting, result certification and could call for a runoff or recall of votes,” The Hill reported.

However, Abrams‘ campaign believes that there are some ballots still unaccounted for that could give her that edge on Kemp — even though Kemp holds at least 50 percent of the votes.

On Wednesday, the Democrat candidate made it known that she wasn’t going to concede yet because “votes remain to be counted” and called the victory “within reach.”

“Across our state, folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots, and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach.”

Kemp’s spokesperson, Candice Broce, said Wednesday that less than 2,000 of absentee and mail-in ballots still remained uncounted, with 22,000 provisional ballots yet to be processed, The Washington Post reported.

Nathan Deal, the 82nd governor of Georgia, served as governor since 2011 and is now tipping his hat off to Kemp on becoming Georgia’s new governor.

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