Kemp: Abrams' refusal to concede 'a disgrace to democracy'

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All of it would be a routine scene two days after an election — except that Kemp's opponent, Democrat Stacey Abrams, maintains that enough ballots remain uncounted to force a runoff, and she's dispatched her legal team to explore every option to see if she's right.

Abrams would become the first black woman elected governor of any US state.

But the truth is: Her campaign was so good, and she is so compelling, that Abrams would nearly certainly be governor-elect right now - if the election had been fair.

And it provided the Atlanta Journal Constitution with a county-by-county tally it conducted with local elections offices that showed almost 27,000 provisional votes.

Their goal: Try to reach voters who used a provisional ballot, then urge them to make sure their vote is counted by a 5 p.m. Friday deadline. Besides knocking on hundreds of doors, the group was coordinating with black radio stations, flooding social media and texting hundreds of thousands of voters who might be wondering about provisional ballots.

More than a million voters were purged from Georgia voter rolls since 2012.

Closing polling places: Georgia shut down 214 polling places across the state, mainly in areas with higher poverty rates and significant populations of people of color.

"Votes remain to be counted, there are voices that remain to be heard", she said.

The Associated Press has not declared a victor. An AP analysis found that 70% of the applications were from black Georgians. Many of these have not yet been counted. "To put it simply, she's running out of votes".

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Abrams' campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, said Kemp was to blame for problems because he was the secretary of state, Georgia's top election official, and tried to tamp down minority votes.

It is hard not to conclude that Kemp is either incompetent at running elections - or thought the only way he could win would be to cheat. Under Georgia law, if a candidate fails to clinch over 50 percent, it triggers a runoff that will be held on December 4.

If successful, the suit would prevent officials from certifying county vote totals until Wednesday and could restore at least 1,095 votes that weren't counted. Voters in Georgia deserve for there to be a runoff so they know their next governor was fairly and legitimately elected.

Kemp's campaign did not respond to NBC News' request for comment.

Abrams' supporters and volunteers made a push to get people who cast provisional ballots on Tuesday to provide information required to count their ballots by a Friday deadline, but it wasn't clear how many did so.

This race has been one of the most highly contested this year after Abrams and several civil rights groups accused Kemp of voter suppression during the campaign. Journalists should be descending to cover this attempted robbery.

Civil Rights activists are urging Abrams to remain strong.

It would be a stain on America's democracy to allow Jim Crow-style election-rigging to cost a qualified candidate a fair shot.

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