On Wednesday evening, Brian Kemp declared victory over his opponent, Stacey Abrams, earning nearly two million votes, breaking Georgia gubernatorial electorate records.
Separated by a small margin of about 60,000 to 70,000 votes all night and all day, the Georgia gubernatorial candidates were in a dead-heat race for the final votes.
Abrams’s campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, told Fox News, “We have three factors to be considered here: outstanding votes, absentee ballots to be counted, and provisional ballots. Given those three issues, we believe this is likely heading to a runoff.”
However, absentee ballots are now in, with Kemp leading by 64,000 votes. All that remains now are provisional ballots and oversees ballots. According to Cody Hall, the Kemp campaign’s press secretary, Kemp’s margin is so large that any additional ballots will not change his victory. “Simply put,” he said, “it is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to win or force a run-off election.”
Earlier in the day, the Abrams campaign announced the launch of an “aggressive provisional ballot chase program to ensure that every eligible voter’s voice is heard and every ballot is counted.”
Following Kemp’s declaration of victory, Georgians still await a response from the Abrams campaign.
iVoteGeorgia™ welcomes and congratulates a soon-to-be Governor Brian Kemp.
Reed Ferguson, Vice President, is a partner and Contributing Senior Editor at iVoteAmerica. She currently studies economics at the University of Georgia.