Kemp’s cam­paign de­clares vic­tory

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

Repub­li­can Brian Kemp’s cam­paign de­clared vic­tory Wed­nes­day in the Ge­or­gia gov­er­nor’s race, though Demo­crat Stacey Abrams in­sists enough bal­lots re­main to leave open the pos­si­bil­ity of a runoff.

The As­so­ci­ated Press has not called the con­test.

Ryan Ma­honey, a top Kemp cam­paign ad­viser, told re­porters in a con­fer­ence call that the num­bers show Abrams can’t win and a runoff won’t hap­pen, but stopped short of declar­ing vic­tory un­til pressed by an As­so­ci­ated Press re­porter. Only then did Ma­honey say Kemp is cer­tain of vic­tory and pre­par­ing to take of­fice in Jan­uary.

“We are declar­ing vic­tory,” Ma­honey said. An­other cam­paign of­fi­cial, Austin Cham­bers, added: “The mes­sage here is pretty sim­ple: This elec­tion is over, and the re­sults are clear.”

Kemp, Ge­or­gia’s sec­re­tary of state, was not on the call.

Alexan­der Zem­lianichenko / As­so­ci­ated Press

Rus­sian sol­diers dressed in Red Army World War II uni­form dur­ing a pa­rade on Wed­nes­day with St. Basil Cathe­dral and the Spasskaya Tower in the back­ground in Red Square in Moscow. The pa­rade marked the 77th an­niver­sary of a World War II his­toric pa­rade in Red Square and hon­ored the par­tic­i­pants in the Nov. 7, 1941, pa­rade who headed di­rectly to the front lines to de­fend Moscow from Nazi forces.

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