Democrat Stacey Abrams has conceded the Georgia gubernatorial race to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp after a closely watched rematch.

Driving the news: Kemp’s win comes as no surprise to pundits and pollsters after he maintained a lead in public polling averages for months. The Associated Press called the race at 12:45 am ET.

“I may no longer be seeking the office of governor, but I will never stop doing everything in my power to ensure that the people of Georgia have a voice,” Abrams told supporters at her campaign’s election night party at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Atlanta.

“We may not have made it to the finish line, but we ran that race,” she added.”We know that running is what matters. That standing is what matters. Defending is what matters,” she said.”While we might not write the story today, there is always another chapter.”

The other side: “It looks like the reports of my political death have been greatly exaggerated,” Kemp opened his victory speech to supporters.

In a state that elected President Biden and two Democratic senators in 2020, Democrats had high hopes for taking over the state’s top post.

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