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Who won the Georgia governor race?

It remained unclear hours after polls closed but Brian Kemp declared victory.

ATLANTA -- The Georgia governor race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams was one of the most-closely watched gubernatorial contests in the 2018 midterm elections.

So who won?

As of Thursday, the race still hadn't been called.That hasn't stopped Kemp from proclaiming victory. Abrams has not conceded. Her campaign chair promised to keep fighting "until every vote is counted."

With 100 percent of counties reporting, Kemp has 50 percent of the votes and Abrams is not far behind with nearly 49 percent of the votes (Libertarian candidate Ted Metz had just under 1 percent votes).

To look at the exact vote counts, The Secretary of State's Office shows Kemp with 1,972,952 votes and Abrams with 1,909,730. In Georgia, in order to be declared winner, a candidate must get more than half of all votes cast. Otherwise, a runoff must be held.

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Are there enough uncounted votes to get Abrams the votes she needs to force a runoff? It's not entirely clear, but she seemed to think so. In an early morning speech, she talked about making sure that ever vote was counted.

Early Wednesday evening Brian Kemp declared victory. Kemp's staff is saying that Democrat Stacey Abrams has no clear path to victory, and that Kemp should be considered governor-elect. The results are not official.

Stacey Abrams speech on election night

Brian Kemp speech on election night

President Donald Trump was confident enough in Kemp's victory that he called the Georgia GOP candidate to congratulate him on the win, according to White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders.

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In the days leading up to the election, both sides received support from big names. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both scheduled stops in Georgia to campaign for Kemp.

Former President Barack Obama, Oprah, Will Ferrell were among those to show their support for Abrams in Georgia. Abrams is seeking to become the first African American female governor in the history of the United States.

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The candidates only took part in one live televised debate before the election; a second debate was canceled after President Trump's appearance conflicted with the schedule.

A record number of early voters -- more than 1.5 million -- turned out before the election.

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