Republican Brian Kemp claiming victory in race for Georgia governor

Republican Brian Kemp claiming victory in race for Georgia governor
Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp

ATLANTA, GA (WTOC) - The Brian Kemp Campaign is claiming victory in the race for Georgia governor.

A representative from the Kemp Campaign confirmed to WTOC that an official statement would be released Wednesday. You can read that statement below:

After county elections officials counted and reported absentee ballots for the November 6th election, businessman Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams by 1.6% - more than 64,000 votes.

The Stacey Abrams' campaign as remained steadfast in their belief it will head to a runoff. Her team announced Wednesday night that she is not conceding yet.

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office shows that 100 percent of precincts are reporting, but provisional ballots are still being counted.

As of 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Cobb and Chatham were the only counties left tabulating absentee ballots.

Now, less than 3,000 provisional ballots still need to be included in the total. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, 22,000 provisional ballots were cast and counties have until Friday to verify those ballots.

Kemp is leading by more than 60,000 votes over Abrams. Kemp announced in a news conference with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal that he is stepping down as secretary of state, effective at noon on Thursday, Nov. 8.

In Atlanta on Wednesday, Nov. 7, Abrams addressed a crowd of supporters and said she was confident that the race would go to a runoff. Abrams would be the first black female governor in the United States if she won.

Heading into the early morning hours, several Georgia races are too close to call.

In Athens, Brian Kemp addressed his remaining supporters at nearly 3 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Kemp maintained he believed he would be Georgia’s next governor, but they were waiting for every last vote to be counted.

Supporters of Brian Kemp are still waiting for him to take the stage in Athens.

Posted by WTOC-TV on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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