Kemp Steps Down As SOS

ATLANTA - On the morning of November 8, 2018, Secretary of State Brian Kemp tendered his resignation – effective at 11:59 AM today – to Governor Nathan Deal. 

This coming one day after Brian Kemp’s campaign declared victory in the Georgia governor’s race, though Democrat Stacey Abrams insists that enough ballots remain to leave open the possibility of a runoff.

The AP states that Ryan Mahoney, a top Kemp campaign adviser, told reporters in a conference call that the numbers show Abrams can’t win and a runoff won’t happen — but stopped short of declaring victory until pressed by an Associated Press reporter. Only then did Mahoney say Kemp is certain of victory and preparing to take office in January.

Speaking on the resignation and transition of the Secretary of State position, Lorri Smith, Assistant Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Operations Officer states, "We deeply appreciate Brian Kemp’s public service as Secretary of State. We will continue our work in this office on behalf of all Georgians. We are excited to welcome Robyn A. Crittenden to the agency to serve as our [interim] Secretary of State."