Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is stepping down from his publish as Georgia secretary of state, efficient Thursday evening.
Kemp’s transfer comes as he stays locked in a detailed marketing campaign towards Democrat Stacey Abrams, a race that nationwide shops have but to name.
The secretary of state submitted a brief letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on Thursday asserting his forthcoming resignation.
The Kemp marketing campaign declared victory within the governor’s race on Wednesday, however Abrams has refused to concede and vowed to push for a recount, citing votes which have but to be counted.
Kemp has confronted repeated calls and authorized challenges urging him to resign his publish or recuse himself from any issues associated to the election by which he’s a candidate.
As secretary of state, Kemp would oversee vote counting, outcome certification and will name for a runoff or recall of votes.
A final-minute authorized problem filed hours earlier than polls closed on Tuesday requested a court docket to dam Kemp from presiding over the race.
As of Wednesday, Kemp held a slight lead over Abrams, with greater than 284,000 mail-in ballots but to be counted.
The race between Kemp and Abrams was roiled by accusations that Kemp was attempting to suppress minority voters with the state’s voter registration legal guidelines.
Kemp’s marketing campaign, in the meantime, accused Democrats of a hacking attempt. Each candidates have denied the respective accusations.