President Trump on Friday launched new support behind the Republican candidate for Georgia, Brian Kemp, whose race too close to the Democrat Stacey Abrams has turned into chaos among the news of electoral irregularities and missing or uncollected cards.
With election officials continuing to count the votes, Trump declared the winner to Kemp and called for the government transition to begin.
"[Kemp] he ran a great race in Georgia – he won ", the president he wrote on Twitter. "It's time to move on!"
On Wednesday evening, Kemp declared the victory over Abrams, as a barrage of reports describing long lines of voting, missing or unusable equipment and a lack of provisional cards in key areas during the election of the previous day.
The Associated Press had not yet called the race, and Abrams, promising to fight until every run-off was processed, had not admitted it.
Kemp has brought Abrams about 63,000 votes starting at noon on Friday, with 50.3% of Abrams at 48.7%. His advantage was reduced as more votes were counted.
If neither of the two candidates gets 50 percent at the time all the votes are counted, the game will advance to a run-off.
The role of Kemp as Georgia's state secretary before and during the elections has been screened, as defenders of voting rights accuse him of using his position to influence the governing race. Kemp denied allegations of impropriety and resigned from his post at noon on Thursday.
Abrams campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo announced a preliminary legal victory, stating that a judge had issued a permit to certify the results in Dougherty County following a lawsuit filed by the campaign. The county was severely hit by Hurricane Michael, resulting in the closure of office reports and the sending of late absent cards.
At a press conference in Atlanta, Groh-Wargo said the campaign electoral hotline received thousands of calls that attest to voting problems that disproportionately affected people of color, students and registered Democrats.
"The suppression of voters seems very different," he said, accusing Kemp of "Old South tactics".
"Brian Kemp abused his power and used the office of the secretary of state as a taxpayer-funded arm of his election campaign and is bullying the elections to quickly certify the election, even though all votes are not counted "he said.
Kemp on Thursday defended his election management.
"The integrity of the process was clear in Georgia," he said after announcing his resignation. "Electoral integrity is beyond doubt."
Abrams is running to be the country's first black governing woman in a competition characterized by ugly racial traits. Trump approved Kemp's electoral bid in October, calling Abrams "totally unqualified" and saying that he would "destroy a great state."
Throughout the state, activists and volunteers gathered for a telephone banking effort to track down those who voted provisionally, who requested verification before 17:00. Friday to be counted. On social media, celebrities as an actor Samuel L. Jackson he invited voters with provisional cards to have them verified.
On a rainy afternoon at the Phillip Rush Center in Atlanta, a bustle of activity underlined the stakes, while the volunteers spoke to each other about the problems associated with voting in various counties.
Nikema Williams, a Democratic state senator and Georgia director for the Care In Action group, helped manage the effort. He expressed concern about the counties that had already verified their election results, doubting that all the provisional and verified provisional cards had been counted.
Care in Action and another basic group, ProGeorgia, later said that at least 12 counties had "prematurely certified election results". . . leaving the provisional votes not counted. "
"Certified numbers [from these counties] they are not certifiable, "Williams said." These counties did not intend to count everyone's vote. "
Williams described a series of problems with Tuesday's vote, including a small number of provisional cards distributed to districts in densely populated areas and hundreds of voting machines that have not been used, forcing voters to wait in long lines.
"We knew the elections would come in. It's unacceptable," he said.
At the start of the day, Trump seemed to have minimized his concerns about the vote-counting problems in Georgia and Florida, where even the Senate and Governor competitions are over.
"You mean they are only now finding votes in Florida and Georgia – but the election took place on Tuesday? We blame the Russians and demand immediate excuses from President Putin!" tweeted.
Dunten reported from Atlanta.