Dem candidate for governor vows to fight on
Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he had captured enough votes to become governor. His Democratic rival, Stacey Abrams, refused to concede, and her campaign demanded that state officials “count every single vote.”
As the state’s top election official, Kemp oversaw the race, a marquee contest in the nation’s midterms. His resignation Thursday morning came as a hearing began for a lawsuit in which five voters asked that he be barred from exercising his duties in any future management of his own election tally.
Abrams’ campaign had repeatedly accused Kemp of improperly using his post as secretary of state and had been calling for him to step down for months, saying his continuation in the job was a conflict of interest.
His resignation took effect just before noon Thursday. He said an interim secretary of state had been appointed to oversee the rest of the vote count.
The Associated Press has not called the election.