Kemp re­signs post to be­come gov­er­nor

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

Brian Kemp re­signed as Ge­or­gia’s sec­re­tary of state Thurs­day say­ing he wanted to fo­cus on the tran­si­tion to gov­er­nor — and leav­ing a host of ques­tions about the tight elec­tion that his op­po­nent has yet to con­cede.

Mr. Kemp, a Repub­li­can, has claimed vic­tory in the gov­er­nor’s race but Stacey Abrams says she sees enough con­tested votes that Mr. Kemp might not be able to top the 50 per­cent mark which, un­der state law, would trig­ger a runoff.

Com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters is that as sec­re­tary of state, Mr. Kemp was in charge of the vote and would have been in charge of the count­ing.

Democrats had called for him to re­sign to avoid taint­ing the count. He did re­sign, though he said it was to pre­pare to be gov­er­nor.

“I look for­ward to serv­ing as Ge­or­gia’s 83rd gov­er­nor and build­ing on the suc­cess of your ten­ure as the leader of our state,” he said in a let­ter an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion to term-lim­ited Gov. Nathan Deal, also a Repub­li­can.

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