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Gov. Candidate Abrams Responds to Kemp Hacking Probe

Gov. Candidate Abrams Responds to Kemp Hacking Probe

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A stunning new poll released Sunday night shows the GOP candidate in Georgia's gubernatorial race taking a major lead; opening up an 11 point advantage over his Democratic opponent just 24 hours before voters head to the polls.

The Georgia's governors race has been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression.

Already a historic matchup, with Abrams trying to become the first black woman elected governor in USA history, it has morphed in recent weeks from a battle of clear ideological differences into a racially charged argument over ballot access and voter fraud.

"It's no surprise that militant Black Panthers are armed and patrolling the streets of Georgia for Stacey Abrams", Ryan Mahoney, communications director for Kemp for Governor, said in a statement to CBS 46.

An already tight governor's race in Georgia devolved into new chaos Monday after the Republican candidate, who is also the state's chief election official, alleged with little evidence that Democrats sought to hack a voter database that will be used in Tuesday's elections.

The FBI declined to comment. "This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he can not be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor".

That didn't stop Kemp's office from posting a notice on Georgia's Secretary of State website, which voters visit to check their registration status or find their polling place.

"He doesn't take accountability, he doesn't take responsibility - what he does instead is find someone else to blame", she added.

"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 state did not know that Small had received her information from Wright - and assumed Small had written the code herself - until ProPublica told them of the connection on Sunday evening. "And he should not get a promotion to a higher position, because he will constantly abuse that power, as well". Immediately after the 2016 general election, Kemp declared that DHS tried to hack his office's network, an accusation dismissed as unfounded in mid-2017 by the DHS inspector general.

So, rather than hack it, Democrats were anxious about protecting a voter data base that Kemp has previously failed to keep secure. "All you need, to open an investigation, is information suggesting plans and an attempt to put together some kind of program or utilize specialize tools to find a vulnerability".

A report by The Associated Press said that under the "exact match" law, Kemp had stalled more than 50,000 voter registrations by mostly black voters.

Last year, Kemp settled a lawsuit with civil rights organisations over voting rights.