UPDATE: Kemp resigning as Secretary of State, preparing transition to Governor

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    UPDATE -- THURSDAY 10:30 A.M.

    ATLANTA, Ga. -- Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is resigning as the state's Secretary of State -- effective Thursday at 11:59 a.m. -- as he prepares to move into the Governor's seat.

    Kemp and Governor Nathan Deal announced this information in a press conference at the state capitol Thursday at 10 a.m.

    "I want to thank Gov. Deal for his decades of service," Kemp said. "I look forward to working side by side with his administration to ensure a seamless transition."

    Deal said he will swear in an interim Secretary of State later Thursday.

    "We deeply appreciate Brian Kemp’s public service as Secretary of State," Lorri Smith, Assistant Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Operating Officer. "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 Secretary of State."

    Despite these developments Thursday morning, Stacey Abrams' campaign has not yet conceded and says there are more votes to be counted.

    This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.



    ATLANTA, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal and Governor candidate Brian Kemp will hold a news conference this morning at 10 a.m. in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office.

    In a press release from Deal's office, he says the conference is to "discuss the administration transition process."

    Kemp's campaign claimed victory Wednesday evening, although Stacey Abrams' campaign has not yet conceded and says there is more votes to be counted.

    Check back here for updates to this story.

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