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Stacey Abrams' campaign disputes number of uncounted provisional ballots

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By Farnoush Amiri

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ campaign disputed on Saturday her opponent Brian Kemp’s claims that there are not enough outstanding provisional ballots for Georgia’s governors seat to trigger a recount or runoff election.

Abram’s campaign said their findings show a total of 26,846 provisional ballots are uncounted as of Saturday morning. Meanwhile, Kemp’s campaign said 21,190 provisional ballots are still outstanding.

Kemp declared victory shortly after the election and abruptly resigned his position as secretary of state on Thursday. He began his transition to become the state’s next governor.

The Georgia secretary of state’s website lists 21,190 provisional ballots as being accounted for.

If Abrams is able to gain slightly more than 23,700 votes on Kemp, the race is pushed into a mandatory recount. If she can gain about 25,600, it is forced into a runoff. The Democrat is hoping that once all the votes are accounted for, her opponent’s vote share drops below the critical 50 percent threshold, which would trigger a runoff election on Dec. 4.

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