Democrat Stacey Abrams is not conceding to Republican Brian Kemp in the hotly contested race for Georgia governor. Abrams said she is awaiting the final count of absentee and provisional ballots.
About 63,000 ballots separate the two candidates, according to unofficial results. Kemp had 1,972,985 votes (50%). Abrams had 1,909,815 votes (49%), the latest numbers show. Libertarian Ted Metz had 37,081 (1%) of the votes.
Abrams told voters to prepare for a “do-over” as her campaign presses for every vote to be counted.
“And I need you to know that it is my mission to serve you, to serve Georgia, to make you proud,” she said. “And for those who didn’t pick me the first time, to change your mind about me and what we can accomplish together.”
Meanwhile, Kemp’s campaigned declared victory..
“There are votes left to be counted, but we have a very strong lead,” Kemp said. “And folks, make no mistake: the math is on our side to win this election.”
All of the election results will be certified next Tuesday. Normally, the results would be certified next Monday but that is Veterans Day, a national holiday, officials said.
If Kemp and Abrams have to face off again, the runoff election would be held Dec. 4.