In Georgia, Abrams inches closer to a runoff as judge rules for more absentee ballots to be counted
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that Georgia’s election results cannot be certified unless each of the state’s 159 counties confirms that their vote tallies include absentee ballots for which the voter’s birth date is missing or incorrect. This follows a ruling made the day before by another federal judge who ruled that election officials in Gwinnett County, Georgia’s second most populous county, could not reject absentee ballots just because the voter’s birth year is missing or wrong. This is excellent news for gubernatorial candidate Democrat Stacey Abrams who continues to close the gap in votes and move toward a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp.
According to Abrams’s campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams needs less than 18,000 votes for a runoff and even less for a recount.
Counties still counting thru Fri. Morning numbers update: Total votes cast: 3,938,592Abrams: 1,923,194Kemp: 1,978,171Metz: 37,227Abrams votes to make runoff: 17,751Abrams votes to force recount: 15,437#gapol #CountEveryVote #TeamAbrams
— Lauren Groh-Wargo (@gwlauren) November 15, 2018
Meanwhile, Brian Kemp continues to believe that he’s won the race and his campaign is suggesting Democrats are engaging in fraud to steal the election. According to NBC News, Kemp claims that he maintains an insurmountable lead in the race and called for Abrams to concede again on Wednesday.