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Brian Kemp says Georgia race over, state to look ahead
Brian Kemp
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Republican primary candidate for governor approaches the podium to address supporters during an election night results party Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Athens, Ga. - photo by Associated Press

Republican Brian Kemp says the Georgia gubernatorial election is over with Democratic rival Stacey Abrams' acknowledgment that she can't win the race, and he is urging the state to look forward.

Kemp made the comments in a statement Friday, shortly after Abrams' speech effectively ended the contest. The final result had been in doubt for 10 days after the election.

He said: "The election is over and hardworking Georgians are ready to move forward. We can no longer dwell on the divisive politics of the past but must focus on Georgia's bright and promising future."

He referred to Abrams' concession, but she insisted her speech wasn't one of concession and vowed a federal lawsuit over the management of the election.