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Abrams "committed to ensuring that every single vote is counted" while Kemp touts a win

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Atlanta. Abrams spoke about expecting a runoff with Republican opponent Brian Kemp. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Will it be Republican Brian Kemp or Democrat Stacey Abrams in the Governor's Mansion? That's the question on the minds of nearly 4 million voters in Georgia.

Candidate Brian Kemp's campaign team declared victory Wednesday.

However, Stacey Abrams says she's not conceding, as not all ballots have been counted.

In a phone interview Wednesday, Abrams' lawyers said, "The incredible amount of issues we saw in early voting, absentee balloting, and election day voting from long lines to provisional ballots, we are looking at potentially thousands of voters who need their vote counted."

Democrat Abrams is holding out for totals from provisional ballots, and calling on Kemp to release the data behind his claims.

Abrams' campaign said in a phone conference that their public records requests to the Secretary of State's Office have been backlogged.

The campaign says they have legal teams on standby, and they're not taking options off the table, including suing for a recount.

State law requires a lead of 50% plus one vote to avoid a December run-off.

She's hoping she'll get enough votes to push her over the threshold.

As of Wednesday evening, there are over 300 ballots left to be counted in Whitfield, Murray, Dade, Walker, Catoosa, and Chattooga County.

Catoosa County Election Director Rickie Kiddle says it's not likely votes in Ringgold will change anything for Abrams.

As for the numbers in Northwest Georgia, it's clear voters leaned red.

Catoosa County election commissioner says Abrams "could gain 5 or 6 votes more than Kemp but percentage wise... our county wouldn't make a difference percentage wise."

All provisional ballots must be verified by Friday and counted by Tuesday of next week.


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