Brian Kemp wins Georgia governor's race, Stacey Abrams will not concede
By: Makayla Miller
Nov. 18, 2018
STATESBORO - Brian Kemp was declared the winner of the 2018 Georgia governor's race Saturday after weeks of public uncertainty as to which candidate would take home the governorship.
Kemp's opponent, Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams, did not concede but instead promised to file litigation toward Georgia's election system.
The race made waves across the nation due to its potential to make history. Abrams is the first female African-American gubernatorial nominee of a major political party in the United States.
The 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race was written into Georgia history Sunday as Republican candidate and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp was declared the winner. Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams refused to concede the race and has discussed the possibility of suing Georgia's election system for gross mismanagement. // Credit: Breitbart
Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams (left) and Republican candidate and Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The Georgia gubernatorial race, along with several other key elections across the country, were some of the most covered and talked about races during the midterms. // Credit: NYM
Kemp was believed to have purged more than 300,000 voter registrations during the race, which is partly why his opponent is suing the state.
Majority of the purged registrations were those of African-Americans, which is believed to have skewed votes at the expense of Abrams, who was expected to gain much of the state's black vote.
Almost a week after the midterm elections, Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp were still competing to become Georgia's next governor-elect, but Saturday's announcement finalized the race's winner. Kemp will assume office Jan. 14, 2019.
The Georgia gubernatorial race was one of the most talked about races during the midterms, and both candidates ran a tight race throughout the election cycle. For more information on the election, click here.