UPDATE | GA Governor's Race: Where We Stand

Published: Nov. 8, 2018 at 6:50 PM EST
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Saturday, November 2018

GEORGIA (WRDW/WAGT)-- The latest results for the governor's race show 62,779 votes separate Brian Kemp from Stacey Abrams. As of today, there is still no sign either side is backing down.

Kemp is moving forward as Governor-elect because according to his campaign, even if Abrams were to win all the remaining provisional ballots it would not be enough to trigger a recount or a December run-off. The team says at best, there are 17,495 outstanding ballots to be counted.

Abrams' campaign says they've discovered more than 30 thousand ballots that have yet to be counted. The team says factoring that number and at least 2,000 more from overseas military troops, the outcome could trigger a run-off in December.

Kemp would need to keep the majority of votes to avoid a recount.

To trigger a recount of votes, the margin must be within 0.5 percent.

Either candidate would need 50 percent plus one vote to win the election, otherwise there would be a run-off.

Right now Kemp has 50.33 percent of the vote, Abrams has 48.73. Liberal candidate Ted Metz has the remaining .95 percent.

All outstanding ballots must be certified by Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

News 12 at 6 o’clock/NBC 26 at 7

GEORGIA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Neither side is backing down in the race for Georgia governor.

Brian Kemp says he's won, but Stacey Abrams says there are still enough votes out there to sway the results.

Here's where we stand right now, as Brian Kemp holds the lead over Abrams, by more than 60,000 votes.

Abrams campaign manager says there are still many votes that need to be counted and the votes that are left could be enough to force a runoff or even a mandatory recount.

Two days after the election, still no official results.

”I fully expect this election to be certified as quickly as we can get it done and every eligible vote is counted,” said Kemp.

But Kemp won't be the one to certify them.

“Effective 11:59 am I’m stepping down as secretary of state,” said Kemp.

Brian Kemp says he's already won the race and Governor Deal agrees.

“It is my honor at this time to introduce to you the soon to be new governor of Georgia Brian Kemp,” said Deal.

But again, there are still more votes to be counted.

“The only thing out standing is a little over 20,000 provisional ballots,” said LAUREN GROH-WARGO, the CAMPAIGN MANAGER FOR ABRAMS.

But it’s those votes and possibly more that Stacey Abrams' campaign says are keeping them from throwing in the towel.

“Votes are still being counted ladies and gentleman and the votes of all people in Georgia deserve to be counted,” said Wargo

Giving voters hope that there still could be a runoff.

“Brian Kemp is 25,622 votes above the threshold for a runoff,” said Wargo.

Or a mandatory recount.

“23,372 that is the number that would move contest into a recount,” said Wargo.

Abrams continues to fight while Kemp says he's preparing to take office.

“I'll immediately start focusing on transitioning and being sworn in as governor,” said Kemp.

Abrams campaign has taken legal action against Dougherty County today because people did not receive their absentee ballots in time after an injunction and Hurricane Michael. They are currently gathering facts and will take more legal action as needed.

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