ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As the special session continues, so does controversy surrounding the race for a Governor and the aftermath of issues at the polls.
“We are now down to 17,769 Abrams votes away from forcing this into a run-off,” said Abrams Campaign Manager Lauren Groh-Wargo.”Last night we had thousands of more votes come in and again there were more election day votes reported,” she told 41NBC.
While counties statewide continue to tally votes, members of the Stacey Abrams camp say she is now steps closer to getting the numbers of votes needed for a recount or run-off.
“When you have 4 million votes, to have that small of a number and then to realize there are 25,000 provisional ballots out there and absentee ballots out there. We’re within the margin of error,” said District 143 State Rep. James Beverly.
During a news conference early Wednesday afternoon, members of the Abrams campaign made the announcement.
“These were coming from counties that were listed as 100% reporting. They are not 100% reporting. We are so grateful that federal judges have stepped in to slow this down,” Groh-Wargo said.
The move has drawn some disapproval of Republican state lawmakers.
“I think it’s a stretch to continue to see where you can ‘change’ election law to garner additional votes and that’s what it appears to be,” said District 141 State Rep. Allen Peake.
Members of the Abrams team stood alongside Democratic Party leaders as they continued their criticism of the way the election was handled.
“We have received more than 25,000 calls, postings, emails, text messages postings on social media–more than 25,000 complaints from Georgia voters about the process,” another member of the campaign said.
Though the Republican Party of Georgia has filed a counter suit to stop precincts from counting votes, some say they’re confident the results will remain the same either way.
“It is what it is. The judge has ordered it. Let’s count the votes and see where we end up,” Peake said.
A federal judge’s ruling on the matter has given precincts across the state the ‘ok’ to continue counting votes until 5:00 pm on Friday.