GPB Midterms 2018 Coverage

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Democrat Stacey Abrams has ended her campaign to be the governor of Georgia.

Flanked by supporters and staff at her campaign headquarters in Atlanta, Abrams said there was “no further viable remedy” to continue the fight for a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp.

A glimpse at the teleprompter on the floor showed her speech was called “I Will Not Concede,” and Abrams, who would have been the country's first black female governor, said this was not meant to be a speech of concession.

While a federal court ruling means the official date to certify Georgia's elections is Friday, counties are already preparing for the Dec. 4 runoff. 

People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, more court cases and the counting goes on as Georgian's wait for a clear winner in the governor's race.

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On this edition of Political Rewind, a federal judge delays the certification of ballots until the end of the week. Our panel takes a look at what factors led to this decision and the impact if could have of the race for governor and tight congressional contests.


Brian Kemp speaks to supporters at an election night watch party in Athens.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, as the election certification deadline looms both campaigns continue feuding six days after the polls closed. Democrats say they still have a shot at winning the governor’s mansion and the 7th District Congressional seat.


Left Stacey Abrams addresses supporters during an election night watch party. Right, Brian Kemp speaks to supporters Wednesday.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, Brian Kemp proclaims victory in the governor’s race, but Stacey Abrams is insisting missing ballots make his claim premature. Our panel weighs in on what to make of the dueling scenarios.


Democrat John Barrow, left, and Republican Brad Raffensperger, right, at the Atlanta Press Club/Georgia Public Broadcasting Debate.
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UPDATED Nov. 8: A runoff for secretary of state has been called for Dec. 4.

ORIGINAL STORY: In the race to replace Brian Kemp as secretary of state, no candidate received enough votes to declare victory. As final votes continue to be counted, Republican Brad Raffensperger and Democrat John Barrow appear to be headed for a runoff. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting results Raffensperger, a state representative leads Barrow by just over 28,000 votes. The lead is not enough, however, to put Raffensperger over the top.

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Republican Brian Kemp resigned as Georgia’s secretary of state Thursday.

Gov. Nathan Deal said he has accepted the resignation and will name Robyn Crittenden, commissioner of the Department of Human Services, as the interim secretary.

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Karen Handel's campaign Thursday morning conceded defeat in the 6th District race.

"After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday," a statement said.

The district covers parts of Cobb, Dekalb and Fulton counties.

"Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath," the statement continued, sending "only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her."

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Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp’s team declared victory in the tight race for governor during a conference call this afternoon. 

Austin Chambers is a strategist with the campaign. He says there aren’t enough remaining ballots to force a runoff.

“The takeaway is clear, this election is over, the votes have been counted and there’s a clear winner. Brian Kemp is the governor-elect in Georgia.”

Democrat Lucy McBath has declared victory over Republican incumbent Karen Handel in Georgia's 6th District, but results have yet to be certified and are still within the recount range.

The district covers parts of Cobb, Dekalb and Fulton counties.

Handel appeared to have the majority last night as ballots were tallied, but the race tightened up overnight.

According to the the secretary of state's website, McBath is leading Handel by almost 3,000 votes. 

It’s been a long, hard-fought race for Georgia governor, and it’s not over yet.  Republican Brian Kemp has not declared victory, and Democrat Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded. GPB’s Ross Terrell and Stephen Fowler stopped by “On Second Thought” to explain what’s next for this election. On Election Night, Ross was at Kemp’s watch party, and Stephen was with Abrams.


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It’s been a long, hard-fought race for Georgia governor, and it’s not over yet.  Republican Brian Kemp has not declared victory, and Democrat Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded.

GPB’s Ross Terrell and Stephen Fowler stopped by “On Second Thought” to explain what’s next for this election. On Election Night, Ross was at Kemp’s watch party, and Stephen was with Abrams. 

A record number of Georgians cast votes in the midterm elections this year. Contested races went into the early hours of the morning, and the contest for governor failed to produce an immediate winner.

GPB's Bill Nigut and the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Maya Prabhu stopped by "On Second Thought" to give results and analysis of down-ballot races.

On this edition of Political Rewind, our panel breaks down the available numbers from the latest election results.


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It’s pretty easy to sound gracious in a victory speech, but it’s a bit trickier when delivering the address no candidate wants to give: the concession speech.  Be they classy or defiant, the speeches have long been a defining staple of American democracy.  In this country, winners take office and losers concede.


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The city of Stockbridge will remain intact following Tuesday night's vote against Eagle's Landing. Nearly 60 percent of voters in the proposed city voted against taking Stockbridge land to form Eagle’s Landing.


Stacey Abrams spoke to supporters a little before 2 am once it became clear she was headed to a runoff with Republican opponent Brian Kemp to be Georgia's next governor. Her message? If you didn't vote for me the first time, you'll get another chance.
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Democratic Candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams refuses to concede when she addressed crowds of supporters in Atlanta, GA. 


Brian Kemp's address to supporters in Athens, GA was optimistic but the Republican candidate did not formally declare victory.
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Republican candidate for Governor Brian Kemp addresses supporters but does not declare victory in front of a large crowd in Athens, GA.


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Republican Brian Kemp was reluctant to declare victory after Democrat Stacey Abrams refused to concede.


Live Coverage: 2018 Midterm Elections

Nov 7, 2018

The GPB News team is providing live updates on key races, including the race for governor, throughout the evening.

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Georgia is one of the most-watched states nationwide for the 2018 midterm elections. The state has already hit record early voting numbers, and overall turnout is expected to be historic. GPB reporters traveled across the state to talk to voters about why they chose to go to the polls. 


WATCH: GPB Election Coverage

Nov 6, 2018

GPB News is proud to provide live election-night coverage.

Join us for a special edition of Political Rewind, and then watch as Bill Nigut, his panel and GPB reporters in the field bring you updates throughout the evening.

Watch our live streams right here.

Real-Time Results: Balance Of Power

Nov 6, 2018

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Today on Political Rewind, Election Day is here. Join us for the latest updates from polling places across the state.


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First-time voters have shown up in record numbers in this midterm election. A national poll shows Georgia voter turnout is up 476 percent among 18 to 29-year-olds. 


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No matter who she or he is, Georgia's next governor will have the power to reshape the state's politics — literally. In 2021, state legislators will redraw their own respective districts, as well as Georgia's congressional districts, based on data from the 2020 census. The next governor gets to approve or veto those new maps. 


Left, Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Stacey Abrams in Atlanta. Right, President Donald Trump campaigns for Brian Kemp in Macon.
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On this edition of Political Rewind, a contentious battle for governor is ending with the most bitter recriminations yet. 


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The last days of the governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp have been rocked by allegations made by the secretary of state’s office that the state Democratic Party attempted to break into Georgia voter rolls. 


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