Georgia's still undecided race for governor will remain in legal limbo for several more days after a federal court put the brakes on final certification of the vote totals in one of the nation's hottest midterm matchups.
U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg late Monday ordered state officials to wait until Friday to certify final results in the race between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams, and take steps to ensure that provisional ballots aren't improperly rejected. Meanwhile, the Georgia race, along with Florida's gubernatorial and Senate matchups, are among the final unresolved contests in a midterm election cycle in which Democrats have won the House, flipped seven governor's seats and reclaimed more than 300 state legislative seats in statehouses around the country.
The GOP maintained its Senate majority, and could still expand it. But it's looking to hold the governor's mansions in Florida and Georgia to deny Democrats important gains in presidential battlegrounds ahead of the 2020 election. Meanwhile, California is bracing for growing Democratic caucuses in both the Assembly and the Senate, a supermajority that pushes Republicans to the sidelines. A development that predicts that the tension in the statehouse will likely be between different shades of blue.
With files from the Associated Press