Election results: Kemp leading but Abrams hints at not conceding

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp speaks in front of Anderson’s General Store on Nov. 2. Kemp holds 75,386 lead over opponent Stacey Abrams however, Abrams has not conceded. 

Matthew Enfinger

Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp held a tight lead over Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams Tuesday night, but Abrams has hinted at a possible run-off between the two candidates.

According to results published by the Associated Press, out of the 3,886,414 reported votes, Kemp received 50.5 percent, Abrams received 48.6 percent and Libertarian candidate Ted Metz finished with 0.9 percent.

Despite the 75,386 vote margin behind Kemp, Abrams hinted at not conceding to the results Wednesday morning.

“If I wasn’t your first choice, or if you made no choice at all, you’re going to have a chance to do a do-over,” Abrams said.

{{tncms-inline account=”Stacey Abrams” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We will fight for every vote. The best is yet to come. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gapol?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gapol</a> <a href="https://t.co/KKPqE9fMVw">pic.twitter.com/KKPqE9fMVw</a></p>— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) <a href="https://twitter.com/staceyabrams/status/1060065786730086400?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/staceyabrams/status/1060065786730086400″ type=”twitter”}}

USA Today reported that Abrams’ campaign said they were waiting for tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots to be counted.

In an article by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kemp said he is “confident” that he will win.

“There are votes left to be counted, but we have a very strong lead,” Kemp said. “And folks, make no mistake: The math is on our side to win this election.”

The George-Anne will update this article as additional news becomes available.

Rick Allen wins 12th district

Incumbent Rick Allen defeated Democratic candidate Francys Johnson for the U.S. House seat for the 12th congressional district.

According to politico.com, out of 249,077 votes, Allen received 59.5 percent while Johnson received 40.5 percent. Johnson finished with a 47,107 vote margin above Johnson.

Both candidates took to Twitter to respond to the outcome of the race.

{{tncms-inline account=”Rick W. Allen” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We won! Thank you so much for all your support! Once again, the people of the 12th District have given me greatest honor of my life. I am beyond thankful to have another opportunity to serve them as their representative in Washington. News Release >>> <a href="https://t.co/8wg5KeM8MY">https://t.co/8wg5KeM8MY</a> <a href="https://t.co/n5Bd36YTPo">pic.twitter.com/n5Bd36YTPo</a></p>— Rick W. Allen (@rickallen) <a href="https://twitter.com/rickallen/status/1060006545721835520?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/rickallen/status/1060006545721835520″ type=”twitter”}}

{{tncms-inline account=”Francys Johnson for Congress” html=”<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PEOPLEFIRST?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PEOPLEFIRST</a> | Thanks to each heart, head, & hand that fought to reclaim this badly gerrymandered seat in Congress. Leaving this election behind; we press forward in faith, hope & love. Today, facing the raising sun of our new day begun let us march on til victory is won! <a href="https://t.co/pRmR9sJH1s">pic.twitter.com/pRmR9sJH1s</a></p>— Francys Johnson for Congress (@francysjohnson) <a href="https://twitter.com/francysjohnson/status/1060160693176016896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 7, 2018</a></blockquote>” id=”https://twitter.com/francysjohnson/status/1060160693176016896″ type=”twitter”}}

For a complete list of Georgia election results, visit politico.com.

Matthew Enfinger, The George-Anne Editor-in-Chief, [email protected]