In unsettled Georgia gov race, judge mandates more ballots be counted

The latest tally showed Abrams needs to net more than 17,000 votes to force a Dec. 4 runoff against Kemp and extend her quest to become the nation’s first black female governor. Kemp says she has no mathematical chance to gain that much ground with so few ballots outstanding. The tight race for the 7th Congressional District could also hang in the balance. Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux trails Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall by about 500 votes, but that margin could narrow further because hundreds of ballots are still pending in Gwinnett. In a cramped statehouse conference room, Groh-Wargo and other top Abrams deputies pointed to piles of paperwork with voter data to highlight the sheer number of provisional ballots cast — and criticize Kemp for not stepping down as the state’s top elections official while he ran for governor.


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