Georgia results for every midterm race
The highest-profile contest in Georgia is the governor’s race — even though Election Day is over, the legal fights surrounding it are not.
Republicans have controlled Georgia’s governorship since 2003, and now, Secretary of State Brian Kemp has been battling House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams for the office. Kemp has already declared victory and resigned his position as secretary of state.
Kemp has come under extreme criticism for his role overseeing the election in which he was a candidate. He used an “exact match” process to hold up more than 53,000 voter registration applications, which meant that if the information does not match the database — often due to things like a misspelled name, a middle name not being fully written out, or a missing hyphen — an application is held for additional screening and the applicant is notified and given a period to correct their information.
Numerous lawsuits have been filed since Election Day to delay certification of the election until voters have been given adequate opportunity to verify their provisional ballots. The latest lawsuit has determined the election cannot be certified before 5 pm on Friday, allowing voters to ensure their vote is counted.
Abrams is holding on to hope that she can either close the gap enough to trigger a recount, or even a runoff election. In Georgia, if neither candidate can win with 50 percent-plus-one-vote, the race will go to a runoff election on December 4 — something Abrams’s campaign is already preparing for, approving money for TV advertising.
If Abrams wins, she’d make history by becoming the first black woman governor ever in the United States.
As far as the House of Representatives goes, there is still one race that hasn’t been officially called: in the Seventh District, Rep. Rob Woodall (R) versus Carolyn Bourdeaux.