If neither Democrat Stacey Abrams nor Republican Brian Kemp exceeds 50 percent of the vote, the Georgia gubernatorial race goes to a runoff election in December. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp has 50.7 percent of the vote and Abrams has 48.8 percent. "Votes remain to be counted, there are voices that are waiting to be heard," Abrams said early Wednesday. The absentee ballots will put a runoff "just within reach," she added. "You're going to have a chance to do a do-over."
Kemp, who as secretary of state is overseeing the election, conceded that "there are votes left to count, but we have a very strong lead." Kemp's management of Georgia's voter rolls and registration has come under fire for aggressive voter-purging and restrictive application laws he has enacted. "We are waiting on the final results, but I'm confident that victory is near," he told supporters early Wednesday. Peter Weber