Secretary of State Brian Kemp addresses the audience and declares victory during an election watch party on July 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. 

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp addresses the viewers and declares victory throughout an election watch celebration on July 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. 

Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp is the obvious winner of Georgia’s gubernatorial election, denying Democrat Stacey Abrams’ bid to develop into the nation’s first black girl governor, NBC Information tasks.

On Friday, Kemp urged Georgians to maneuver on, saying on Twitter that the state “can now not dwell on the divisive politics of the previous however should deal with Georgia’s vivid and promising future.”

The hotly contested marketing campaign was steeped in problems with race, voting rights and the way forward for the Deep South. Kemp, who as secretary of State is Georgia’s chief elections official, tried to implement the state’s strict guidelines for voter registration. Supporters mentioned he was making an attempt to make sure that noneligible residents have been prevented from voting, however critics mentioned he was making an attempt to suppress blacks from casting ballots in opposition to him.

Days earlier than the election, his strikes have been rebuffed in federal court docket.

He additionally made 11th-hour accusations in opposition to the Democrats claiming they tried to hack the state’s voter registration. However he produced no proof, and Abrams accused him of creating a determined late try and win.

Earlier Friday, Abrams pledged to file a “main federal lawsuit in opposition to the state of Georgia for the gross mismanagement of this election and to guard future elections.” In a speech that she insisted was not a concession, Abrams acknowledged that Kemp could be Georgia’s subsequent governor.

Kemp and his allies condemned Abrams as “too excessive for Georgia,” pointing to her liberal stances on points like well being care and immigration. Kemp ran a pro-Trump marketing campaign stuffed with conservative appeals on points like immigration and tax cuts to fireplace up the conservative base.

Within the days earlier than the elections, polls confirmed the candidates have been nearly tied and that the competition would possibly transfer to a December runoff. Former President Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey campaigned for Abrams, whereas President Donald Trump stumped for Kemp.

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