Nov 16, 2018

Stacey Abrams is preparing to take Georgia's governor race to court

Stacey Abrams. Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Stacey Abrams' campaign is preparing for an unprecedented legal fight in the Georgia governor's race that will rely on a statute that allows losing candidates to challenge results based on “misconduct, fraud or irregularities” in the voting process, the AP reports.

Why it matters: If Abrams' challenge is successful, it could lead to another round of voting in Georgia's election for governor. The unofficial vote count currently shows Republican Brian Kemp in the lead with 50.2% of the vote — just above the 50% threshold needed for a runoff election in December. But Abrams' case could break that threshold.

The backdrop: Kemp served as the state's chief elections officer until just two days after the election, during which he was accused of improperly removing hundreds of thousands of people from voter rolls ahead of the election.

Yes, but: The burden of proof is high for Abrams' case. The strategy is a long shot, given the statute has never been used in a race with such high stakes. Her campaign must prove that there was a mistake made during the process that drastically shifted the outcome of the race in order to win.

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South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

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The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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Heat wave melts 20% of snow cover from Antarctic island in days

The effects of February's record heat wave on Eagle Island in Antarctica. Photo: NASA

Antarctica's Eagle Island now has a side that's almost ice-free following this month's searing heat wave in the region, images released by NASA show.

Why it maters: "The warm spell caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers," NASA said in its report. It's the third major melt event of the 2019-2020 Southern Hemisphere summer, following warm spells in January and last November, according to the United Nation's World Meteorological Organization (WMO).