On the line: Trump, Democrats battle in campaign's final day

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Georgia Secretary of State and Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp has asked the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to look into his office's claim that the state's Democratic party tried to hack the state's voter registration system, and the GBI is now going to move forward with a criminal investigation. Over 53,000 voter registrations are still pending because, according to Kemp's office, the applications do not match other government records. The last-minute probe is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Abrams campaign by twisting a concerned voter's complaint about alleged voting security issues, that was sent to the Democrats before they then sent it to voter protection.

Kemp also told CBS, "It's no surprise that militant Black Panthers are armed and patrolling the streets of Georgia for Stacey Abrams". Kemp said the calls were "vile" but on Monday Abrams criticized his response.

The announcement amounts to "an appalling abuse of power", elections expert and associate professor of political science at University of Florida Michael P. McDonald said on Twitter Sunday. He walked by reporters and said: "Take Two".

The two parties were also tangling in several crucial governors' races, including in Midwest battleground states such as Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and MI.

They say an email to them from a man not affiliated with the Democratic Party of Georgia is what prompted Kemp's request for an investigation.

Whatley, 33, said she didn't appreciate how Kemp has adopted Trump's rhetoric on immigration. Just days after the 2016 presidential election, Kemp requested a federal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, citing 10 suspected unauthorized attempts by DHS personnel to penetrate the state's firewall.

"I've got an opponent who not only is an architect of voter suppression, but he's a bald-faced liar", Abrams told more than 200 people at a union hall for longshoremen who work at Savannah's port. And we know what to do about that: "Vote". "But I can tell you I would not be calling Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the GBI unless we had information that we needed them to look at".

Already a historic matchup, with Abrams trying to become the first black woman elected governor in US history, it has morphed in recent weeks from a battle of clear ideological differences into a racially charged argument over ballot access and voter fraud.

Kemp began his day in an Atlanta suburb, insisting that he was "doing my job" in pursuing what he called a potential hack.

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