Gubernatorial candidates campaign in final hours of race

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"I'm feeling pretty excited, you know, as the kids would say, 'I'm feeling pretty pumped up!'" Personal data was again exposed for Georgia voters - 6.7 million at the time - as were passwords used by county officials to access files.

"The Democratic Party of Georgia will stop at nothing to regain relevance and power in our state", Ryan Mahoney, Communications Director for Kemp's gubernatorial campaign, said Sunday.

The state Democratic Party called Kemp's accusation "a reckless and unethical ploy" and said he was using the Federal Bureau of Investigation to support "false accusations".

He calls it an investigation.

"After learning of a failed attempt to hack the state's online voter registration and My Voter Page, my office contacted the Department of Homeland Security and opened an investigation", Kemp said in a brief posting on his campaign's Facebook page.

The FBI declined to comment. Abrams is now favored by 46.9 percent of the voters while Kemp has 46.7 percent, recent polling from Channel 2 Action News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed.

They say an email to them from a man not affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia is what prompted Kemp's request for an investigation. On Tuesday, voters will determine which party controls the US Congress as well as pick governors in 36 states, among them Georgia.

Abrams, who is in the midst of a tight race against President Donald Trump-backed Republican candidate Brian Kemp, would be the first black female governor in US history.

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Kemp's opponent in the race, Democrat Stacey Abrams, brings historic implications to the campaign. "Kemp told reporters at a pre-election rally that "[he] is not anxious about how it looks, [he] is doing [his] job".

And in our Washington office, activists hit the phones to organize PFAW volunteers for canvasses to get out every single Abrams voter on-or before-Election Day.

In Georgia, critics have drawn attention to Kemp's dual role as candidate for governor and supervisor of the state's elections, in his capacity as Georgia secretary of state.

In 2015, Kemp's office inadvertently released the Social Security numbers and other identifying information of millions of Georgia voters.

Kemp, a 54-year-old businessman and veteran secretary of state is vying to maintain the GOP's hold on a state that is nearing presidential battleground status courtesy of its growth and diversity.

Citing a potential conflict of interest, Democrats, including former President Jimmy Carter, have unsuccessfully appealed for Kemp to step aside as secretary of state until after the election. Through the last day of early voting, which ended on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, Georgians cast 2,071,830 ballots with 1,886,905 in-person and 184,925 by mail.

Democrats blasted Kemp on Sunday, charging him with launching a shameless "political stunt" two days before Election Day. It's hard to see what else they can do at that point other than wait for the demographics of the state and the country to change and pray that new voters will turn toward them eventually.

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