Kemp-Abrams feud highlights new landscape in divided Georgia

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Brian Kemp hasn’t officially won Georgia’s governor’s race. But he’s proceeding as a victorious candidate and promising to be a governor for all Georgians.

That might not be so easy.

If his narrow lead holds over Democrat Stacey Abrams and he ultimately gains the governor’s mansion, Kemp will face lingering questions about his role in an election he oversaw as secretary of state. And his victory would be fueled by a stark urban-rural divide and his embrace of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric.

Abrams, seeking election as the first African-American woman governor of a U.S. state, filed a federal lawsuit Sunday asking a judge to delay the vote certification deadline and make officials count any votes wrongly rejected. Meanwhile, Kemp is trying to maintain GOP dominance in a diversifying state.

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