Republicans are ready to celebrate Brian Kemp’s victory over Democrat Stacey Abrams in the Georgia gubernatorial race. He is currently sitting at 50.3%, approximately 13,000 votes above the 50% threshold necessary to prevent a runoff election on December 4.
Abrams is not conceding the race with around 3% of the vote still to be counted. She shouldn’t. As unlikely as it is, there’s a chance the remaining votes can pull Kemp below the 50% threshold.
It’s inconvenient for Republicans who realize the chances of losing the race at this point are extremely slim, but as people who support the Constitution and believe every vote counts, it behooves them to wait along with Abrams until the final vote tally is confirmed.
Kemp is also ahead of Abrams about 60,000 votes at 1.97 million to 1.91 million votes or a gap of more than 1%, a threshold for a potential taxpayer-paid recount. A third-party candidate, Ted Met, received 0.9% of votes cost, or about 37,000 votes.
But dramatic reversals in close elections, especially involving governors, have happened before.
There are some voicing frustration over the delay, but this is America. We’d rather wait to get it right than rush to get it wrong.