Georgia governor’s race awaits more ballots

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Election results in the race for Governor of Georgia have narrowed making it too close to call between Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.

Abrams took the stage around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at her watch party and neither conceded nor declared victory.

Her camp believes absentee and provisional ballots may have an impact on the final results. The Secretary of State’s office confirmed later Wednesday saying there are outstanding mail-in absentee ballots.

Some of those have not been counted and others were not handed in.

“Votes remain to be counted there are voices waiting to be heard,” Abrams said early in the morning, adding, “We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within our reach.”

Watch Abrams’ full remarks

Kemp took the stage just before 3:00 a.m. saying that the final results are still pending but he is “confident that victory is near.”

Abrams seems confident that the race will go to a runoff — which is becoming increasingly likely.

“If I wasn’t your first choice or if you made no choice at all, you’re going to have a chance to do a do-over,” she said.

See Kemp’s remarks

Kemp currently holds 50 percent of the votes with Abrams at 49 percent. Libertarian Ted Metz has just 1 percent.

“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.”

NBC News pollsters say that statistically, Kemp could drop below 50 percent. Should the happen, the race would head to a runoff. Kemp and Abrams would face off again on Dec. 4.

Meanwhile, a group of voters has filed a federal lawsuit asking Kemp to recuse himself should that runoff happen.

Final results will be certified next week — likely on Tuesday after Veteran’s Day.

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