GOP Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is stepping down from his post as Georgia Secretary of State, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
Kemp is locked in a close race with Democrat Stacey Abrams in a race that national outlets have not yet called.
The Kemp campaign declared victory Wednesday, but Abrams has refused to concede and vowed to push for a recount, citing votes that have yet to be counted.
Kemp faced repeated calls and legal challenges urging him to resign his post or recuse himself from any matters related to the election in which he is a candidate.
His resignation is effective Thursday night, according to the AP.