Stacey Abrams Trails Slightly In Georgia Race Rife With Voter Suppression Accusations: Runoff May Be Coming

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams trails Republican Brian Kemp by about 75,000 votes out of nearly 4 million total votes cast.

In a speech last night, Abrams refused to concede and said every vote will be counted.

“Across our state, folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots, and we believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach,” Abrams said Wednesday morning.

And the race is not over: The Abrams campaign has said that there are thousands of absentee and provisional ballots still left to be counted, and a number of those are in democratic-leaning, urban counties–Abrams territory–and those votes could be enough to eke out a victory, or at the very least, force a December runoff: Georgia law requires a candidate to garner 50% plus 1 to win an election or otherwise a runoff is scheduled.

The Georgia race has been riddled with problems, the main one being Kemp running for office while supervising his own election: Kemp is the state’s chief elections officer since he is also the current Secretary Of State.

Critics have called that a clear conflict of interest but Kemp, who was endorsed by President Trump, has refused to step down.

There also is concern over the state’s use of computer ballot-counting machines, which critics say are susceptible to hacking. 

Two days before the election, the laconic Kemp garnered national headlines after he announced that he was initiating an investigation into alleged hacking by the Democratic Party. 

Kemp offered no evidence to back up his assertions, and Abrams and Democrats called the announcement a “witch hunt” designed to further suppress votes.

Abrams is seeking to become the nation’s first African-American female governor.