Stacey Abrams Pursuing Runoff Despite Opponent Declaring Victory
Stacey Abrams says she plans to pursue a December 4th runoff election despite her Republican opponent Brian Kemp declaring victory. Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State and steward of its elections, refused to recuse himself from overseeing his own race, a clear conflict of interest. Abrams and the Libertarian candidate on the ticket would need to gain at least 25,000 votes more than Kemp to bring his share of the vote below 50% and trigger a runoff. Election Day in Georgia was marred by long lines and technical difficulties. In largely Black areas especially, lines to vote stretched for hours. Only three machines were sent initially to the precinct at Atlanta’s Pittman Park Recreation Center, causing waits so long that Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up to implore people not to leave, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Voters waited for hours to cast ballots at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility polling location in Atlanta due to a “power cord issue.” At Anderson-Livsey Elementary School in Snellville, machines ran out of power after 45 minutes because poll workers had not plugged them in, forcing them to run on batteries until they died. And at Anniston Elementary School, about four miles away, some voters waited more than four hours to vote because machines were not working. Fulton and Gwinnett counties -- where all four precincts were located -- are the state’s two most populous. Kemp on Wednesday took the unusual, if not unprecedented step of posting the personal details of 291,164 absentee voters online for anyone to download. Abrams edged ever closer to Kemp on Wednesday as absentee votes and other ballots were counted. In the morning, Kemp had 50.5% of the vote. Early in the afternoon, his percentage dropped to 50.4 -- and then to 50.36 and, by the end of the day, to 50.33. Kemp needs just 50% plus one vote to avoid a runoff, and he remained 13,071 votes ahead of that mark. More here.