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WTF Does It Mean That Stacey Abrams Hasn’t Conceded?

After a day of historic Congress wins for women, a newly-Democrat controlled House of Representatives, and the Republicans maintaining control of the Senate, the U.S. midterm elections are finally over. However, in a few key states, votes are still being counted—such as the race to control the Florida Senate seat between Rick Scott (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and the tense Georgia governor race between Brian Kemp (R-GA) and Stacey Abrams (D-GA).

The Georgia race has been fraught with controversy, as allegations of voter suppression have persisted against Brian Kemp. According to The Atlantic, since Brian Kemp has become Georgia’s Secretary of State in 2010, he has successfully eliminated the voting rights of 1.4 million people, and implemented an “exact match” voting system—one where if your license and your voting registration don’t completely match down to the numbers, you will be turned away from the polls.   

The gubernatorial race was expected to be insanely close—and with a third-party candidate in the mix, Ted Metz, if neither Kemp nor Abrams could win unless they could prove a clear 50% majority. Without a 50% majority, the Georgia race would result in a runoff—a month more of ballot counting and campaigning.

As of last night, Kemp and the Republican party have declared victory in Georgia with 50.3% of the votes to Abrams’ 48.7%. However, Abrams is refusing to concede, believing the race is not over as “there are votes remaining to be counted. Voices are waiting to be heard.”

As Abrams’ refusals to concede persist, the gap between Kemp and Abrams narrows. According to CBS, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, he was only 75,000 votes ahead out of the ballots counted.

Abrams has announced a legal team in response to Kemp’s premature declaration of victory and is continuing her campaign in the hopes of reaching a runoff campaign between her and Kemp.

Her Campus will continue to update as more develops. 

Maddie is a senior majoring in journalism and public relations in the College of Communication at Boston University. Hailing from suburban Philadelphia, Maddie is incredibly happy to be back in Boston for her fourth year. This year, she's looking forward to spending all of her money on brunch, downing lots of coffee, and of course, writing and editing at Her Campus. Outside of Her Campus, Maddie is involved with her sorority and exploring all of Boston.