Georgia's GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp resigns as secretary of state

Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp adjusts his tie before speaking to volunteers and staff at his campaign office as they hold a phone banking event in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 5, 2018. 

Leah Millis | Reuters

Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp adjusts his tie before speaking to volunteers and staff at his campaign office as they hold a phone banking event in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., November 5, 2018. 

Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brian Kemp, resigned Thursday as his gubernatorial race with Democrat Stacey Abrams remains too close to call.

In a statement, the Georgia secretary of state’s office said Kemp submitted his resignation effective at 11:59 a.m. Thursday. The Republican was the state’s top election official as he ran to become its governor, and stepping down means he would not certify the final vote count — despite his ability to influence the election…

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