Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race, is refusing to concede to her Republican rival Brian Kemp, citing there is a possibility of a runoff occurring next month.


Presently, Kemp is leading Abrams by around 68,000 votes with 99 percent of the precincts accounted for already. Given these numbers, Kemp is confident of victory. “There are votes left to count. But we have a very strong lead,” he said. “And folks, make no mistake, the math is on our side to win this election.”


In a close race such as this, if neither candidate scores 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is required by state law. Kemp currently has just over 50 percent tallied, although Abrams is hoping the still-uncounted absentee ballots, outstanding votes and provisional ballots will bridge the gap between them. Notably, Kemp was concerned about voter turnout and reportedly abused his position to block 53,000 people from voting.

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While there is still a chance Abrams could catch up, the odds of it happening aren’t high. Augusta University political scientist Craig Albert believes “it’s mathematically possible.” However, he notes how “it doesn’t seem probable that that’s going to happen,” adding, “Everything would have to happen perfectly in her way for this to occur right now.”

Nevertheless, Abrams’ campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said she will not concede until every vote has been tallied. If Abrams manages to win, she’ll become the first African American woman to serve as governor.

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