Midterm Election Update 11/8/18: Georgia

Secretary of State of Georgia Brian Kemp. Photo by Office of U.S. Senator David Perdue.

Thursday as more votes are counted races are being called such as the Georgia’s Congressional race between special elected Rep. Karen Handel (R) who won her Congressional seat last year during a special election and her activist Democrat challenger Lucy McBath.

Mcbath prevailed defeating the special elected Handel. Handel offered her congratulations via Facebook.

One race in Georgia that hasn’t been called nor has the candidate conceded is the nationally watched Governors race between Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Democrat challenger Stacy Abrams.

The race in Georgia has made headlines as Kemp refused to resign his position as Secretary of State the office that oversees elections and because of a recently passed law called the “exact match law,” that CNBC News reports left roughly 50,000 voter registrations on hold. On Sunday as the News Blender reported the Secretary of State’s office issued a statement that explained it was investigating the Georgia Democratic Party for committing cyber crimes.

CNBC also explains that on Tuesday a lawsuit was filed by Georgia voters in federal court in Georgia that accused Kemp of using his, “official powers of his office to interfere in the election to benefit himself and his political party and disadvantage his opponents.” Kemp’s team responded the article notes in a statement to NBC News that called the lawsuit a, “twelfth-hour stunt.”

On Thursday Abrams had still not conceded the election explaining that currently she would only need to receive just 15,000 votes that NBC News explains could “trigger a runoff election.” They explain that in Georgia it is required that “one candidate reach more than 50 percent of the vote in order to avoid a runoff.”

Also happening Thursday Kemp has now resigned his post as Secretary of State effective at 11:59 a.m.. According to the NBC News article in a news conference with current Governor Nathan Deal (R) Kemp said he was resigning “to focus on the transition process.”

The New York Times reports that currently the votes counted for the governors race are with 100 percent of the precincts reported:

Kemp: 1,973,110 50.3 percent

Abrams: 1,910,395 48.7 percent

In the McBath/Handel race the vote total reported by the linked article from the New York Times are:

McBath: 159,353 50.5 percent

Handel: 156,419 49.5 percent

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