Kemp’s campaign declares victory as Georgia’s new Governor

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It’s all anyone in Georgia and across the country can talk about since Tuesday’s Election night. Republican Brian Kemp received a little over 50 percent of the votes, but Democrat Stacey Abrams does not want to concede.

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Even though Abrams is insisting enough ballots remain to open up the possibility for a runoff in December, on Wednesday Kemp’s campaign declared victory in the Georgia governor’s race.

As reported in The Athens Banner-Herald, the Associated Press has not called the contest.

In a conference call, top Kemp campaign adviser Ryan Mahoney told reporters  that the numbers indicate that Abrams can’t win and a runoff won’t happen.

“We are declaring victory,” Mahoney said. Another campaign official, Austin Chambers, added: “The message here is pretty simple: This election is over, and the results are clear.”

Abrams’ campaign spent the day following the election pushing for the continuation of counting of absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots and bringing up its concerns over Kemp remaining the chief elections officer supervising his own election.

With  votes reported as being over 3.9 million, Kemp has a little more than 50 percent of those votes.

“We are leaving all of our options on the table,” including litigation, Abrams’ campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said. She figured that about 15,000 votes separate Kemp from a runoff.

Candice Broce, Kemp’s spokeswoman in the secretary of state’s office, said that by Wednesday afternoon the number of uncounted absentee and mail-in ballots was under 2,000.

Broce said about 22,000 provisional ballots have yet to be processed and Mahoney said that those numbers make it impossible for Abrams to get enough votes to deny Kemp a victory.

Kemp’s office has not yet released a county-by-county breakdown of provisional ballots, but Abrams’ campaign believes they are mostly in metro Atlanta counties where Abrams won a large chunk of the vote.

If a runoff is necessary, it would take place Dec. 4.

State law allows counties to complete vote counts and certify results to state elections officials by next Tuesday. The statewide certification must follow by Nov. 20.