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Georgia confirms Biden's victory in state as it completes hand audit of ballots

  • Published at 08:47 am November 20th, 2020
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
File photo: Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger gives an update on the state of the election and ballot count during a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, US, November 6, 2020 Reuters

Biden was the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992

Georgia confirmed Democratic President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 election in the state as it completed a hand audit of ballots on Thursday, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said.

An audit was launched after unofficial results showed Biden leading Republican President Donald Trump by about 14,000 votes.

“The audit confirmed that the original machine count accurately portrayed the winner of the election,” the secretary of state’s office said in a statement on Thursday evening.

Raffensperger, a Republican, is expected to formally certify Biden’s victory on Friday, despite pressure from Trump, who has claimed without evidence that there were widespread irregularities and fraud in states that he lost to Biden, including Georgia.


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Biden was the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.

Raffensperger told a local TV station that the Trump campaign had not produced evidence to back up its claims of fraud in the state.

 “We have not seen any evidence they have given us, anything that supports - it just doesn’t show up,” Raffensperger told WSB-TV.

Trump’s campaign can still request a recount in Georgia after the results are certified because the margin of victory was less than 0.5%.

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