10 Days after election, Georgians learn Brian Kemp will be the next governor

After vote counts, lawsuits, recounts, and more lawsuits, Republican Brian Kemp is finally Governor-Elect for the state of Georgia a full 10 days after the Nov. 6 election. Democrat Stacy Abrams said in a speech that while she wasn’t officially conceding, she did acknowledge that Kemp would be the next governor of Georgia. He immediately took to the airways and said that Abrams had conceded the race and officially ended her campaign for governor.

“I appreciate her passion, hard work, and commitment to public service,” he said. “The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia’s bright and promising future.”

Abrams was not so conciliatory in her comments, but she did thank her supporters and noted that they had done what many had said was not possible in Georgia.

“I am so proud of the movement we built. Together, we redefined the politics of possible in the Deep South. We won state House races and Senate races and a new seat in Congress. We put America on notice that change is not coming – it has arrived. And you made it so. When we kicked off our campaign in Albany almost a year and a half ago, we were told we would never win the Democratic primary. And then we did. The pundits and pollsters said that a candidate like me in a state like Georgia would never poll above 30%. We did. And when they said this race would be a walk for Republicans, they shifted Georgia from “Safe Republican” to “Lean Republican” to “Toss Up” in the same breath,” she said, going on to say, “Because of your support, a little Black girl from the Deep South was within striking distance of a sitting Republican Secretary of State to be Georgia’s 83rd Governor.”

Abrams concluded with an announcement that she is launching a major lawsuit against the state of Georgia for the” gross mismanagement of the election.”

In his announcement, Kemp went on to tout the growth and prosperity of the state under the two previous Republican governors, Sonny Perdue and outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal and promised to build on their accomplishments.

“I humbly ask for citizens of our great state to stand with me in the days ahead. Together, we will realize the opportunities and tackle the challenges to come. We will be a state that puts hardworking Georgians – no matter their zip code or political preference – first,” he said.
At the last tally on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Kemp has 50.22 percent with 1,978,408 votes, Abrams has 48.83 percent with1,923,685 and the Libertarian candidate Ted Metz has 0.95 percent with 37,235 votes.
However, the election is not over for Georgia yet. On Dec. 4, there will be a runoff to decide whether Republican Brad Raffensperger or Democrat John Barrow will be the next Secretary of State to replace Kemp. Raffensperger earned 49,09 percent of the vote with 1,906,588 and Barrow earned 48.67 percent with 1,890,310. Libertarian Smythe Duval got 2.23 percent of the vote, preventing either candidate from getting over 50 percent. Also in a runoff are Republican Chuck Eaton (I) at 49.70 percent with 1,917,656 and Democrat Lindy Miller who earned 47.63 percent with 1,838,020, for District 3 Public Service Commissioner. Libertarian Ryan Graham earned 2.67 percent of the vote, also preventing either candidate from getting more than 50 percent of the vote.

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