ATLANTA (WDEF) – Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp has finally claimed victory in the race late Wednesday afternoon.
His campaign chair told reporters “This election is over. The votes have been counted. And the results are clear: Brian Kemp is the governor-elect.”
But that doesn’t mean it is over just yet.
The final, unofficial count shows Kemp winning with 50.33% of the vote.
He has to finish above 50.00% to avoid a runoff.
The Secretary of State’s Office (which is run by Kemp) says Clarke, Fulton, Hall, and Gwinnett counties finished counting absentee ballots during the day.
They say less than 3,000 non-provisional votes are still uncounted state-wide.
SOS officials expect Cobb and Chatham to finish counting theirs by the end of the day.
The office says there are less than 22,000 provisional ballots reported across the state.
Each county has until Friday to verify whether provisional ballots should be counted.
And they must certify their results by Tuesday.
The Secretary of State’s office will certify the final results no later than a week from today.
However, the Stacey Abrams campaign today launched a program to produce more ballot challenges.
They say they are taking out ads to encourage voters who experienced problems to report them.
They want people to call the Democratic Party of Georgia’s voter protection hotline at 1- 888-730-5816.
“Since the beginning, our campaign has been committed to ensuring every eligible Georgians has the ability to make their voice heard at the ballot box,” said Campaign Manager Lauren Groh-Wargo.
“To date, we have made unprecedented investments in voter protection to counteract Secretary of State and Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp’s unethical efforts to disenfranchise Georgians in order to tip this highly competitive election in his favor.
“The Stacey Abrams campaign is keeping our promise to Georgians to ensure that every single vote is counted, and every voice is heard.”