It looks as though embattled Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who has been widely criticized for not recusing himself from an election in which he was a candidate for governor, has taken former President Jimmy Carter’s advice and resigned his office just hours before he was to appear in court to answer a lawsuit filed to prevent him from overseeing the vote count in the governor’s race.

Kemp’s lawyer told the court that the Republican gubernatorial candidate, who holds a narrowing margin against his Democratic opponent Stacey Abrams, had

Kemp had declared himself the winner of the race, which has been pocked with accusations of poor cybersecurity, unanswered vulnerabilities and voter suppression. But as his lead over Abrams has shrunk while provisional and absentee votes are counted, she has refused to concede and the likelihood of a recount has grown.

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