Update: 11/7/18 5:35 p.m.
Stacey Abrams is committed to staying in the race for Georgia governor and is calling for supporters who may have sent in paper ballots to contact the Voter Protection Hotline to ensure their votes count.
“Make no mistake: This race is not over. As we have done since day one, my team will continue to work around the clock to make sure that every ballot is counted—because voting is the bedrock and lifeblood of our democracy,” she tweeted on Wednesday.
Make no mistake: This race is not over.
As we have done since day one, my team will continue to work around the clock to make sure that every ballot is counted—because voting is the bedrock and lifeblood of our democracy.
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 7, 2018
According to Atlanta-Journal Constitution report Greg Bluestein, Kemp has claimed victory in last night’s race.
“This election is over. The votes have been counted. And the results are clear: Brian Kemp is the governor-elect,” Kemp campaign worker Austin Chambers told Bluestein.
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) November 7, 2018
Update: 11/7/18 10:00 a.m.
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, has not conceded in her race against Republican Brian Kemp, despite falling behind in the polls.
“I’m here . . . to tell you votes remain to be counted. [There are] voices that are waiting to be heard,” Abrams told her supporters early Wednesday.
The Abrams camp told CNN that it’s waiting for information from three of Georgia’s largest counties that “have reported only a portion of the votes that were submitted by early mail,” and other counties “have reported exactly 0 votes by mail.”
Stacey Abrams’ bid to become the first Black female governor in the country has hit a snag as the Democratic candidate is trailing Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia gubernatorial race, CBS News reports.
About 92 percent of Black voters have supported Abrams in her bid for governor, while 74 percent of White voters chose Kemp.
The gubernatorial race was widely watched as Abrams aimed to make history. Oprah Winfrey, former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden stumped for Abrams in the race.
Kemp, who’s currently Georgia’s Secretary of State, has been accused of throwing out thousands of voter registrations in districts that are minority-heavy, according to reports.
Georgia voters in Gwinnett County saw wait lines of four hours after voting machines malfunctioned.
“As soon as we walked through the door, it was just information that the machines were down,” Jadan Donely told ThinkProgress. “They didn’t go into specifics. And then maybe about 20 minutes in, then they said, ‘Oh, the machine is not working’ … Then another 20 minutes after that, it was, ‘The cards are not working.’ And then it was, ‘OK, they have machines on the way.’ And then the machine that got here wasn’t working.”
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) blamed Kemp for the long voting lines.
“This was definitely foreseeable,” he said. “It’s part of the last gasp attempts by Republicans to maintain their positions of privilege.”
Polling stations extended their voting times because of the issues voters saw at the polls.
Georgia has had a Republican governor in office since 2003 and has consistently voted for the GOP in presidential elections for almost three decades, according to CBS News.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.