Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia, promised to remain in the race and refused to allow Brian Kemp, her Republican component, despite a major deficit in the vote.
"Democracy only works when we work for it, when we fight for it when we demand it, and apparently today when we stand in line for hours to meet it in the vote," Abrams commented to supporters at almost 2:00 Wednesday . "I'm here today to tell you there are voices left to count. Voice is waiting to be heard."
As of Wednesday Wednesday, Kemp Abrams led about 3.1 percentage points, a difference of approximately 115,000 votes of a total of 3 75 million votes was counted. That management had decreased by 5:15 to about 1.9 points and 75,000 votes of 3.87 million were counted. CBS News characterized the race as a leaning republican.
Before Abram addressed the audience, campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo said thousands of absent and preliminary voting remained.
"We have three factors to consider here: outstanding votes, absentee votes to be counted and provisional polls," said Groh-Wargo. "In view of these three issues, we think this is likely to be a runoff."
According to Georgia's election, a candidate for the governor must reach 50 percent of the vote to avoid a run-off. From Wednesday, Kemp's share of the vote was 51 percent.
Abrams would be the first black female governor in the history of the United States, and not surprisingly showed starting positions that the contest played an important role in the election. Black voters comprised about 30 percent of voters and white 60 percent – figures similar to the recent elections. Abrams won a lot of black votes (92 percent) and Kemp was big among white voters (74 percent).
While she was not the chosen voter's choice, Abrams was still better among the whites than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, which gave 26 percent compared to Clinton's 21 percent. The difference was even stronger among white, college-educated women. This year, nearly half of Abrams supported, compared to only about a third for Clinton.
Although the voter is Georgia is quite conservative, only 40 percent said Abrams is too liberal, with about half watching her questions as neither liberal nor too conservative.
The race has in any way been a referendum on President Trump and his policy, and a test of the various progressive democratic coalition that helped choose former President Barack Obama.
Abrams, the former minority leader of the State House of Representatives, and Kemp, the current Georgia secretary, had been locked in a close competition for months. The contest attracted national attention, because Obama and Oprah Winfrey fought with Abrams and Mr. Trump held an interaction with Kemp. To make the rally, Kemp jumped on a debate with Abrams.
Democrats accuse Kemp, who is responsible for monitoring elections in the state, by disenfranchising voters. And in the lead to the election day, Kemp's office reached a vicious charge of "potential cybercrime" in the Georgian Democrats. Kemp did not provide evidence to back up the charge, however, and Democrats dismissed the move as an 11-hour stunt.
Georgia has had a Republican governor since 2003 and the state has voted for the GOP in the presidential elections since 1992. However, political experts tend to believe that Georgia is likely to become more democratic due to changed demographics, especially in the Atlanta area.