If she wins, Abrams will be the first female black governor the country’s ever had.
Kemp is currently leading by almost 68,000 votes, but three of the state’s largest counties “have reported only a portion of the votes were submitted by early mail.” Four other big counties “have reported exactly 0 votes by mail,” Abrams’ campaign reported. These seven counties together “are expected to return a minimum of 77,000 ballots.”
A statement given to CNN by Abrams’ campaign read, “These counties also represent heavily-Democratic leaning constituencies, and the majority of those votes are anticipated to be Stacey Abrams.”
WATCH: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams: “I promise you tonight, we’re going to make sure every single vote is counted. Every single vote.” https://t.co/6pqqY4AD1c pic.twitter.com/aeVBUUaA7t
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 7, 2018
Early Wednesday morning, Abrams told supporters gathered in Atlanta,
“We believe our chance for a stronger Georgia is just within reach, but we cannot seize it until all voices are heard. And I promise you tonight we’re going to make sure that every vote is counted. Every single vote. Every vote’s getting counted. Because I’ll tell you this, in a civilized nation, the machinery of democracy should work for everyone, everywhere. Not just in certain places and not just on a certain day.”
Georgia suffered all sorts of horrendous voting problems on Tuesday, with malfunctioning machines and long lines.
He told his supporters, “There are votes left to count. But we have a very strong lead. And folks, make no mistake, the math is on our side to win this election.”
While Kemp currently has 50.4 percent of the votes counted, but Abrams is hoping that provisional and absentee ballots will put him back below it. Under Georgia law, if neither candidate receives 50 percent of the votes, there will be a runoff in early December.
It’s worth repeating: deliberate obstacles to people voting, targeted at particular constituencies, are violations of their constitutional rights. They’re not shenanigans. They are an attack on democracy. The government’s unwillingness to defend those rights doesn’t change that.
— Student Loans 🍝 (@AdamSerwer) November 6, 2018
The fight’s not over yet!