Another wrinkle: The timing of the runoff could force Deal to rethink plans to call a special legislative session next week to provide about $100 million in relief from Hurricane Michael and decide on a controversial tax break for jet fuel.
Moving ahead as scheduled would mean that Kemp, who has dismissed demands to resign as secretary of state, wouldn’t be able to raise cash for at least a week during a crucial time for his campaign. State law restricts him from doing so when the General Assembly is in session.
And even a Kemp victory in a runoff would put him in precarious territory going into his first term in office in a weakened position.
Abrams, meanwhile, is already honing her runoff pitch.
“You’re going to have a chance to do a do-over,” she told supporters at her election night party in Atlanta. “And I need you to know that it is my mission to serve you, to serve Georgia, to make you proud.”