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GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Kemp Resigns as Georgia Secretary of State

Posted On: Nov 8, 2018   |   Posted By: Fortune

As the race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp for governor of Georgia remains too close to call, Kemp has offered his resignation as the state's secretary of state.
Kemp sent a letter to current Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announcing that he was stepping down from his post effective Thursday, to focus on his "transition to gubernatorial administration." While Abrams has refused to concede and has suggested she will push for a recount , Kemp's campaign declared him the winner on Wednesday .
Kemp had faced criticism for maintaining his role as secretary of state throughout the campaign, which had reportedly allowed him to purge voters from the rolls and made him responsible for vote counting in a race in which he was a candidate. Numerous groups and individuals called for Kemp's resignation before the election, including former President Jimmy Carter .
Hours before the polls closed on Tuesday, Georgia voters filed a lawsuit accusing Kemp of using “the official powers of his office to...

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