Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams — running to be the country’s first female black governor — said early Wednesday that she wasn’t going to concede the tight race to Republican Brian Kemp.
“I’m here to tell you tonight that votes remain to be counted,” Abrams told a group of supporters in Atlanta around 1:45 a.m.
Abrams was trailing Kemp by three percentage points — 48 percent to 51 percent — with 96 percent of precincts reporting.
Abrams’ side said they believed there might be enough outstanding votes — including absentees — to trigger a run-off in the Peach State. A candidate needs to cross the 50 percent threshold to win outright.
“Tonight we have closed a gap between yesterday and tomorrow, but we still have a few more miles to go,” Abrams said. She suggested that a victory was “just within reach,” and hinted that Kemp, the state’s secretary of state, had made it more difficult for her supporters to vote.
“I’m not going to name names, but some have worked hard to take our votes away,” she told supporters.
The race was marked by both sides bringing out their big guns — and claims of racism and voter suppression.
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