Republican Brian Kemp stepped down as Georgia's secretary of state, the state's top election official, on Thursday, calling it his next transitional step after claiming victory as the state's governor. The race has not yet been called, and his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams has not yet conceded. Kemp had long refused to step aside from overseeing his own gubernatorial election despite Democratic calls for him to do so. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp has about 63,000 more votes than Abrams, giving him 50.3 percent of the vote; in Georgia, if a candidate is unable to get 50 percent of the vote, a runoff is held. Abrams argues there are still thousands of provisional ballots that need to be counted, and this could drop him below the threshold.
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