President Donald Trump declared Republican Brian Kemp the winner of the Georgia governor’s race against Democrat Stacey Abrams on Friday, despite the fact that votes are still being counted.
NBC News has characterized the contest as too close to call. Kemp has 50.3 percent, or 1,979,913 votes, Abrams has 48.7 percent, or 1,910,853 votes, and a third-party Libertarian candidate has 0.9 percent, or 37,094 votes, according to NBC News.
Abrams has not conceded and her campaign is vowing legal action to continue counting ballots.
Trump also sarcastically suggested the ongoing vote counts in Georgia and Florida is the work of the Russians.
“Let’s blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!” Trump tweeted, two days after a boastful Wednesday press conference in which the president argued that he had personally staved off a blue wave and boosted his party’s Senate gains.
I want to make something very clear: This fight isn’t about me. This fight is about making sure our democracy works for & represents everyone who has ever put their faith in it. It’s about fighting for every Georgian who cast a ballot with the promise that their vote would count. https://t.co/hg1QgkEjYx
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) November 9, 2018
You mean they are just now finding votes in Florida and Georgia – but the Election was on Tuesday? Let’s blame the Russians and demand an immediate apology from President Putin!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018
In the close Georgia governor’s race, the Abrams campaign said there is no way for Kemp to know how many outstanding ballots are left, because of incoming ballots from military overseas and provisional ballots.
It’s a joke to the President Of The United States…