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Stacey Abrams Not About to Concede in Georgia

She's hoping for a December runoff against Brian Kemp
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2018 12:47 PM CST
This combination of May 20, 2018, photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta.   (AP Photos/John Amis, File)

(Newser) – The next governor of Georgia has yet to be decided, with Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams declining to concede the race to Republican Brian Kemp. As of 11am ET, CNN reports Kemp led Abrams by almost 68,000 votes with 99% of precincts reporting. That gives him 50.4% of the vote. Reuters reports Abrams needs roughly "15,000 net votes" to send Kemp below the 50% mark, which would trigger an early December runoff.

Abrams' campaign laid out its case in a statement that detailed what CNN calls "several specific places in the state" that could lead to a runoff: Three of the state's more sizable counties "have reported only a portion of the votes that were submitted by early mail" and four others "have reported exactly 0 votes by mail." The campaign expects the seven counties will produce at least 77,000 ballots. (In his Wednesday news conference, President Trump addressed the job Oprah did campaigning for Abrams.)

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