Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he’s captured enough votes to become Georgia governor, even though his election rival is conceding nothing.
Attorney Russ Willard with the attorney general’s office of Georgia announced the resignation in federal court Thursday morning. Willard said Kemp delivered a letter of resignation to Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday morning, and it is effective at 11:59 a.m. The state said Kemp will not perform any election-related duties Thursday.
The announcement came ahead of a scheduled hearing Thursday for a lawsuit in which five Georgia voters asked that Kemp be barred from exercising his duties as the state’s chief elections officer in any future management of his own election tally.