Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said this morning that she would not concede the gubernatorial race until more ballots were counted as Republican Brian Kemp maintained a narrow lead as the last election results trickled in a nationally watched race for governor.
Abrams spoke to her supporters this morning.
“Georgia still has a decision to make,” Abrams said. “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.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp is currently ahead of Abrams by nearly 68,000 votes garnering 50.4 percent of the vote. Under Georgia law, if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, then the top two votegetters advance to a runoff election.
“We will continue to work hard until the very end. We will fight for every vote, just like I will fight for you as governor,” Abrams said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “And that means keeping our eyes on the process to ensure that this election is conducted fairly.”
Abrams’ campaign is holding out hope that a number of absentee ballots and an unknown number of provisional ballots would narrow Kemp’s edge.
It could be days before the final election results are certified. Legal teams on both sides are gearing up for challenges.