Crittenden appointed Georgia Secretary of State after Kemp's resignation

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has sworn in the state's new Secretary of State after Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp declared his resignation.

Robyn A. Crittenden took the oath of office Thursday afternoon, and will serve out the remainder of Kemp's term.

Crittenden has served as commissioner of the state's Department of Human Services since 2015. She is the first African-American woman to serve as a statewide constitutional officer in Georgia history.

In her place, Gov. Deal nominated Gerlda B. Hines, chief of staff and chief financial officer of DHS, to be the interim DHS commissioner, pending board approval.

Kemp's announcement came ahead of a scheduled hearing Thursday for a lawsuit in which five Georgia voters asked that Kemp be barred from exercising his duties as the state's chief elections officer in any future management of his own election tally.

Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams has pointed to ballots that have yet to be counted and says there's still the possibility of a December runoff in one of the nation's marquee midterm races.

In an interview with WSB Radio on Thursday, Kemp said he and his campaign are declaring victory because it isn't possible for Abrams to pick up enough votes to force a Dec. 4 runoff.

Abrams' campaign has said there are still enough uncounted votes to force a runoff and that they need to pick up about 15,000 votes to do so.

Kemp said his rival's campaign is using "old math." Without providing specifics, he said in the radio interview that the number "is actually more like 30,000 votes."

The Abrams campaign continues to accuse Kemp of improperly using his current post as secretary of state.

The Associated Press has not called the election.

You can find more information about Crittenden and Hines from Governor Deal's office below:

Robyn A. Crittenden

Crittenden has served as the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services since July 2015. She previously served in the executive leadership of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Crittenden’s experience includes working as general counsel at Morehouse College and as the assistant vice chancellor of Legal Affairs-Contracts for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. She was also an assistant county attorney in DeKalb County and an associate at the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy. Crittenden earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. She has one child and lives in Tucker.

Gerlda B. Hines

Hines currently serves as the chief of staff and chief financial officer of the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS). She has more than 25 years of financial management experience and 17 years of state service, including experience as the deputy commissioner of DHS, chief financial officer for the Georgia Student Finance Commission and deputy chief financial officer for the Department of Community Health. Hines is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans. Hines has one child and lives in Marietta.

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