Jimmy Carter wades into Georgia governor's race

2018-10-29 21:26
Former US president Jimmy Carter. (John Bazemore, AP, File)

Former US president Jimmy Carter. (John Bazemore, AP, File)

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Former US president Jimmy Carter is wading into the final days of a Georgia governor's race rife with charges and countercharges of attempted voter fraud and attempted voter suppression.

Carter has written to Republican nominee Brian Kemp, asking him to resign his post as Georgia secretary of state. The 94-year-old Carter said staying on as chief elections officer could damage public confidence in the electoral process.

Kemp is locked in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams.

Carter has endorsed Abrams, but he did not mention her in the October 22 letter obtained by The Associated Press.

Carter instead cited his vast experience monitoring elections around the world and noted federal court criticisms of Georgia's elections process.

Kemp previously has dismissed calls to step aside.

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