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Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp announced that his office opened an investigation on Saturday night into the Democratic Party of Georgia over an alleged hacking attempt of the state’s voter registration system, according to a news release posted early Sunday morning.

 

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The announcement — slammed by opponents as a “political stunt” — comes just two days before a hotly-contested gubernatorial election in which Kemp is facing off against Democrat Stacey Abrams in a race that has featured legal action over Kemp’s alleged efforts to use his office to suppress votes.

“While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes,” Candice Broce, press secretary for Kemp at the Secretary of State’s office, said in a statement, which indicated that the alleged hacking attempt was unsuccessful and that no personal data was breached.

“Federal partners, including the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were immediately alerted,” the statement said.

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