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Republican Gov. Brian Kemp defeats Democrat Stacey Abrams in Georgia gubernatorial contest

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Incumbent Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has defeated Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams in the state's nationally watched gubernatorial election, NBC News has projected.

If neither candidate had secured a majority of the votes, the contest would have headed to a December runoff.

The election marked a rematch between the two political rivals after Kemp defeated Abrams in the Peach State's 2018 governor's race.

Abrams would have been the first black woman in America to serve as a governor.

Kemp decisively defeated Trump-backed former U.S. Sen. David Perdue earlier this year during the GOP gubernatorial primary.

Abrams, whose candidacy was supported by left-wing mega donor George Soros, has claimed that being pro-choice is part of her faith. "I cannot strike down another person's rights simply because I don't agree," she said. Abrams also said that, according to her faith, "[Y]ou protect the vulnerable and you wrap them in your love."

In a 2018 campaign ad, she said that according to her reading of scripture, "Jesus Christ was a progressive."

Kemp signed pro-life legislation that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, though the ban does include some exceptions.

Abrams previously claimed that the 2018 gubernatorial election was not a fair contest. The New York Times Magazine reported in 2019 that the Democrat noted, "I legally acknowledge that Brian Kemp secured a sufficient number of votes under our existing system to become the governor of Georgia. I do not concede that the process was proper, nor do I condone that process." She also said that she had "legally sufficient doubt about the process to say that it was not a fair election."

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