• Abrams wins Dem nomination; Kemp, Cagle head to runoff


    ATLANTA - The race for Georgia’s next governor has now been narrowed to three as Georgia made history, nominating its first black female nominee by a major party for the position. 

    If Stacey Abrams wins the election in November, she would become the first black female governor in the United States. 

    Abrams became a clear front-runner for the Democrats early in the evening Tuesday, defeating Stacey Evans to become the party's nominee. 

    [CLICK HERE for LIVE real-time election results]

    On the GOP side, candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp will face a July runoff as they continue their push to become the Republican nominee for governor. 

    Below is a minute-by-minute look at how the evening unfolded:


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    10:48 p.m.: Brian Kemp is speaking to his supporters as he gets ready to head into a runoff with Casey Cagle:

    10:34 p.m.: Casey Cagle thanks his supporters as he heads into runoff with Brian Kemp:

    10:27 p.m.: Carroll County passes Sunday package sales by less than 100 votes.

    10:20 p.m.: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp face a July runoff for GOP nomination for Georgia governor.

    9:58 p.m.: Stacey Abrams speaks to her supporters:

    9:43 p.m.: GOP sends out news release calling for Abrams to release her tax returns:

    9:27 p.m.: If Stacey Abrams wins election, she would become first black female governor in U.S. history:

    9:25 p.m.: AJC reporting that Stacey Evans has called Stacey Abrams to concede race:

    9:11 p.m.:  House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, appears to be surviving his GOP primary challenge by Margaret Williamson, 74 to 26 percent with 3,500 votes counted.

    But state Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, who was targeted by Ralston and even Gov. Nathan Deal, appears to be surviving the primary challenger they financed. Gurtler is leading Mickey Cummings, 58 to 42 percent.

    9:04 p.m.: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is claiming victory in primary:

    8:57 p.m.: With about 6% of the vote in, Stacey Abrams, 69%, has a commanding lead over Stacey Evans, 31%, on the Democratic side of the governor's race.

    Casey Cagle currently hold a large lead of 41% over his five competitors, with Brian Kemp being his closest rival, holding 27% of the vote. 

    8:40 p.m.: GOP gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is addressing his supporters:

    8:38 p.m.: GOP gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle says he is in first place right now, and plans on staying there:

    8:10 p.m.: Channel 2's Richard Elliot has an update from the Casey Cagle campaign headquarters.

    7:54 p.m.: Channel 2's Sophia Choi says Hunter Hill is expected at his headquarters shortly:

    7:51 p.m.: With 3 percent of the vote in, Brad Raffensperger leads David Belle Isle, 33 to 31 percent. Presumed favorite Josh McKoon is at 20 percent. Buzz Brockway at 16 percent.

    7:38 p.m.: First results coming in for GOP side of governor's race:

    7:27 p.m.: Very early results are starting to come in.

    7 p.m.: Polls close across Georgia

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