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The Latest: Kemp wins gov race with 50.22 percent of vote

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on Georgia’s elections (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

Official certified results from the contentious race show Republican Brian Kemp narrowly avoided facing a runoff against Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Official results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office say that Kemp defeated Abrams by 54,723 votes out of more than 3.9 million ballots cast.

Kemp had to get more than 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff against Abrams. Official results show he garnered 50.22 percent of the vote

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Georgia has certified its Nov. 6 election results, finally ending the contentious race for governor.

Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden said late Saturday the results are certified and can be viewed on the agency’s website.

Democrat Stacey Abrams came within about 60,000 votes of becoming America’s first black woman governor but lost to Republican Brian Kemp.

Abrams took to Twitter on Saturday to urge supporters not to boycott Georgia after a handful of actors suggested that because of what they view as an unfair election. Abrams said “hard-working Georgians” who make a living in Georgia’s television and film industry “are not to blame.”

In another close race, Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux says she will ask for a recount in her 7th Congressional District race against Republican Rep. Rob Woodall.

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