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November 7--  The Brian Kemp campaign released the following statement late this afternoon declaring victory in the Georgia Governor's race.

After county elections officials counted and reported absentee ballots for the November 6th election, businessman Brian Kemp leads Stacey Abrams by 1.6% - more than 64,000 votes.

"Brian Kemp earned nearly two million votes on Tuesday - by far the most of any gubernatorial candidate in our state's history," said Cody Hall, Press Secretary. "Absentee ballots are counted and Kemp leads his opponent by 64,000 votes. Based on counts released by the Secretary of State's office, Brian Kemp's margin is so large that the number of provisional ballots and overseas ballots will not change his Election Day victory. Simply put, it is mathematically impossible for Stacey Abrams to win or force a run-off election.

"Peach State voters made a clear decision at the ballot box. Brian Kemp will now begin his transition as governor-elect of Georgia. He will work every day to keep our state moving in the right direction."

Earlier, the Secretary of State's Office issued an update on the certification process that is now in progress. It will take until next Wednesday for the state to certify the results.

Secretary of State Update

On November 6, 2018, a record number of Georgians cast their ballots in a mid-term election. Immediately after the polls closed, county election officials worked through the night to tabulate ballots.

Today, Clarke, Fulton, Hall, and Gwinnett counties completed tabulation of their remaining absentee ballots. Less than 3,000 non-provisional votes remain state-wide. Cobb and Chatham are expected to complete tabulation today.

County officials have reported less than 22,000 provisional ballots cast state-wide. Counties have until Friday, November 9, 2018 to verify provisional ballots and until Tuesday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. to certify their results.

The Secretary of State’s office will certify the final results after county certification and no later than Wednesday, November 14, 2018.