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Abrams calls close count; waits on absentees, provisional ballots
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Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, Stacey Abrams, campaigns before a crowd in Hinesville on Tuesday. - photo by Asha Gilbert

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Stacey Abrams Campaign held an election update call. Campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo and counsel to the campaign Attorney Dara Lindenbaum gave an update on the election and answered media questions.

As of 9:52 a.m.  Sec. of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp was 15,539 votes above the runoff threshold. Abrams has refused to concede until all votes have been counted including absentee and provisional ballots.  

“Outstanding mail ballots are still coming in,” Groh-Wargo said. “It might be 15,000 absentee ballots.”

On the last day to vote, 700 voting machines remained sequestered in Fulton County due to a pending paper ballot lawsuit. In Gwinnett County, a judge ordered three precincts to stay open later due to technical difficulties that plagued them throughout the day.

One of the biggest issues raised during the election, is Kemp remaining Secretary of State while campaigning to be governor.  Former President Jimmy Carter wrote a letter urging Kemp to resign to ensure a nonbiased and trusted process for during the gubernatorial election.

As of Wednesday morning Kemp leads Abrams by 1.7% according to the Associated Press. It will be next Monday or Tuesday before counties across Georgia will be able to certify their results.

“We are fighting for fairness,” Groh-Wargo said. “Every single vote matters.”

Liberty County Elections Supervisor Ella Golden said local election results would be certified Friday, November 9. Should the governor’s race go to a runoff, that election would be held Dec. 4, Golden confirmed. 

Letter from Former President Jimmy Carter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp
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