Georgian governor's contest between Democrats Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp is too close to call. Georgia demands that a…
Georgian governor’s contest between Democrats Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp is too close to call.
Georgia demands that a candidate receive at least 50 percent of the vote to win directly, and although Kemp had several points from Wednesday Wednesday morning, Abram’s campaign said it expected the choice to lead to a run-off – which means that voters would return to the votes on 4 December.
“There are tens of thousands of pervasive polls around the state, many of whom we think are Abram’s electorate,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abram’s campaign manager.
Kemp also expressed confidence in his odds. “There are voices left to count, but we have a very strong lead,” he said. “People, make no mistake, math is on our side to win this choice.”
The heated election, considered by many as a battle against Georgia’s soul, was plagued by voter oppression. Abrams, serving as a minority leader of the State House of Representatives and being the first black female governor in the United States, was largely due to voters of color that appeared in large numbers to win in deep-red state. Kemp, who monitored the election because he refused to resign as state secretary, allegedly engaged in several attempts to suppress the black vote in Georgia and clear the voting rolls.
Under Kemp’s leadership, the state’s process of verifying voter information left the registration applications of over 53,000 people ̵
1; 70 percent were from black voters. Officials also tried to close polling stations in most black counties.
Kemp’s office officially announced two days before the election, without evidence that it would open a survey of Georgia’s Democratic Party for hacking into voting machines. Democrats called the move a “ruthless and unethical trick” and noted that Kemp should have left his office before driving for the governor to avoid a conflict of interest.
And the constituencies of Georgia reported intense difficulties at the polls on Tuesday. The state had to keep voting sites open after several majorities. Black districts had technical difficulties with voice machines, including lack of power cables. Votes reported hours long lines and other obstacles such as belonged to voter oppression efforts .
“If you strive for the highest office in the country you promise to watch out for your ways, can you actively try to prevent citizens in your country from exercising their most fundamental rights?” Former President Barack Obama asked during Abram’s campaign.
Kemp and Abrams have both made money for a possible runoff. Kemp has increased almost a quarter in millions of dollars for the effort since July, while Abrams has raised about $ 100,000.
At the election of Abrams in Atlanta on Tuesday night, the audience – mostly made of colorful women – was excited about the historic character of Abram’s campaign and the possibility of breaking a glass ceiling in Georgia. However, contrary to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, people seemed to realize realistic and clear eyes about a potential loss.
“Whatever happens, this is history,” said Deedee, 52. “I also told my Uber driver that the journey was part of the story.”
Abrams was committed to expanding Medicaid and voting rights throughout the state. She grew up in Mississippi, one of six children with a mom who worked as a librarian and a dad who worked on a lap. She continued her degree from Yale Law School and has been open to the fact that she is still $ 200,000 in debt from student and credit card loans. She is a single woman, and she has written Roman cores on the side as they rise through local politics.
Kemp embraced President Donald Trump and his policies throughout the race and emphasized gun rights and threatened an advertisement to “unlock” undocumented immigrants himself in his giant pickup truck.
The ravenous competition between two so different candidates has fascinated the nation. Obama flew to Georgia to stamp for Abrams, as well as celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Will Ferrell and Michael B. Jordan. Winfrey urged women and people of color to stand up for voters’ oppression efforts.
“When you can feel what’s the right thing to do,” she said, “you can not be affected by propaganda and fear.”
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence held collections for Kemp, with the former loading that Abrams is “not qualified” to be governor – despite her Yale Law degree and six years as head of the state house.
Emma Gray contributed reporting from Atlanta.