Kemp’s cam­paign de­clares vic­tory

Stamford Advocate - - 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.

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