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Cheryl Sanders
November 7, 2018

Kemp has rebuffed calls on him to resign or recuse himself from his elections role, calling it "ridiculous". Since then, she's been a fundraising juggernaut, raising millions from beyond Georgia, and she's drawn a parade of notable supporters, most recently former President Barack Obama and media icon Oprah Winfrey.

"Federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were immediately alerted", Kemp's office said in a statement.

On policy, the principal dividing lines are health care (Abrams wants to expand Medicaid insurance; Kemp wants to maintain Georgia's refusal and boost rural hospitals); education (Kemp supports private school vouchers; Abrams opposes them); and criminal justice (Kemp is a law-and-order Republican; Abrams focuses on rehabilitating non-violent offenders and criticizes cash bail as unfair to poorer defendants).

If elected, Abrams would be the nation's first black, female governor. Abrams and voting rights advocates accuse Kemp of using his office to make it harder for certain voters, particularly minorities, to vote.

With the clock winding down before Tuesday's vote, Georgia's chief elections officer, who is also running for governor, turned a report of an alleged vulnerability in the election system he oversees into a political weapon in a race he is hoping to win.

"The Democratic Party of Georgia will stop at nothing to regain relevance and power in our state", Ryan Mahoney, Communications Director for Kemp's gubernatorial campaign, said Sunday.

In it, a man named Richard Wright tells a Democratic Party of Georgia volunteer that he found two "issues" with the Georgia MyVoter page and the voter registration page. Kemp says he's following federal and state election law.

"It's wrong to call it an investigation", Abrams told CNN on Monday.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is pushing back against the allegations. "He made up a story like a 6-year-old trying to cover his tracks".

"He is attempting to get the headlines off of his attempts at voter suppression and force attention elsewhere", she said.

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It's just the latest in a series of partisan moves by Kemp, who has held up more than 50,000 voter registrations for inconsistencies as small as a missing hyphen, fought rules to give voters a chance to prove their identities when their absentee ballot applications are rejected for a lack of a signature match, and been aggressive in prosecuting those who have done nothing more than try to help those in need of assistance in casting ballots.
Amid the furor over the purported hacking, Kemp announced Monday that the state had not only broken its 2014 record, but has set a new, all-time record for early voting in a midterm election.

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