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The Georgia governor’s race and other unfinished business

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/08/18, 12:33 pm

Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he is resigning Thursday as the state awaits a final result in the too-close-to-call gubernatorial race between him and Democrat Stacy Abrams. Voters had sued Kemp in federal court saying he should not oversee vote counting in his own election, and now he won’t. Kemp’s campaign claims he has enough votes now to win, but Abrams insists uncounted provisional ballots could give her enough of a boost to force a runoff, which would happen if neither candidate got 50 percent of the vote. (A third-party candidate garnered about 1 percent in the governor’s race.)

A few other undecided races remain after Tuesday’s midterm elections. Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema are neck-and-neck in the U.S. Senate race in Arizona, where a large number of mail-in ballots has slowed vote counting. About 600,000 ballots were uncounted by early Thursday, and finishing the tally could take days. The Republican Party has filed a lawsuit in the state to try to speed up the count. In the Senate race in Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has a 30,000-vote lead over incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. That race might be close enough to trigger a mandatory recount. Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner will announce the outcome this weekend.

The Senate race in Montana was decided Wednesday in favor of incumbent Democratic Sen. Jon Tester despite President Donald Trump and other Republicans campaigning heavily for his GOP opponent, Matt Rosendale. In a Georgia congressional race, Republican Rep. Karen Handel early Thursday conceded to Democratic challenger Lucy McBath. Handel won an expensive special election to represent the 6th District in 2017 against Democrat Jon Ossoff, who was heavily funded by Planned Parenthood. Handel left the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation in 2012 after trying to stop Komen’s donations to Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, voters in several California congressional districts are still waiting to see who will represent them in Congress.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 03:06 pm

    Currently (2:00 pm Central time Thursday) Georgia says Kemp leads by a bit over 63,000 votes with a bit over 23,000 ballots still to be counted. Thus it would appear impossible for Abrams to win 

    Nevertheless Abrams is lining the lawyers up. I’ll stick my neck out here with a fearless prediction:  somewhere in Georgia there will be at least one instance of a violent mob taking to the streets, smashing windows and throwing rocks at police, because the “racists” are stealing the election. But of course I hope I’m wrong, hope and pray no one is hurt. 

  • news2me
    Posted: Thu, 11/08/2018 08:09 pm

    It sounds like neither of them should be Gov. of Georgia.

    Why is it Republicans have a difficult time finding good people to run for office? 

    Who vets these guys anyway? They let ANYONE sign on as a Republican candidate. If the Dems won't let you run under their banner because they already have someone picked out, then you can go on over to the Republican side. From what I've seen they accept anyone. Note: I'm Independent.