Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has offered his resignation to Republican Gov. Nathan Deal effective today, a lawyer representing Kemp said during an Atlanta court proceeding on Thursday.
Attorney Russ Willard of the attorney general’s office made the announcement in federal court, according to The Associated Press, as part of court proceedings in a lawsuit aimed at barring the secretary of state from overseeing the vote count in the still-undecided governor’s race.
Kemp’s resignation is effective at 11:59 a.m. Thursday.
Kemp, the GOP candidate for governor, holds a narrowing lead over Democrat Stacey Abrams following Tuesday’s vote.
The race remains too close to call, according to NBC News, but Kemp has declared himself the winner and expressed a desire to begin the transition. Abrams has not conceded.