UPDATE: Stacey Abrams says she will not concede, hopes for runoff

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UPDATE 2 A.M.

ATLANTA -- Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams said early Wednesday morning that she will not concede to Brian Kemp and instead will "make sure that every vote is counted."

As of 2 p.m., Kemp holds 51 percent of the votes, while Abrams is at 48 percent. Kemp leads by about 100,000 votes with 97 percent of the precincts in.

Speaking from her election party in Atlanta, Abrams -- referencing a possible Dec. 4 runoff election -- said: "You're gonna have a chance to do a do-over and I need you to know that it is my mission to serve you -- to serve Georgia to make you proud."

"We are still on the verge of history and the best is yet to come," Abrams said.

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

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ATLANTA -- Stacey Abrams and her team prepared Tuesday afternoon for an Election Day watch party.

Abrams and her crew will await the results in Atlanta, while Republican candidate Brian Kemp got ready for a watch party in Athens-Clarke County.

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Georgia's gubernatorial candidates have been gearing up for the highly anticipated 2018 midterm elections for months.

Recent polls show the race for Georgia's next governor is a dead heat, and one possibility is this election going to a runoff if either of the two candidates don't get 50 percent of the vote.

In a recent rally in Macon, Abrams said one issue she wants to tackle is the prison recidivism cycle, where people with mental health issues continue to re-offend.

"The number one provider of healthcare is not our hospitals, it's our prison system. I'm running for governor because I believe that the cycle my brother is one where he gets out of jail and he relapses and he re-offends and is re-incarcerated, is a cycle of retribution and by God. Georgia will be a state of redemption! When I'm the next governor of Georgia, that is why we are running, that is what we are running for," said Abrams.

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Stick with WGXA throughout Election Day for updates. Check here for results.

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