Georgia certifies Biden win after by-hand recount: Reports

The results of Georgia’s recount are in.

According to The Hill, a recount of roughly five million ballots in the state that was completed Thursday resulted in Joe Biden prevailing over President Donald Trump in the White House race there by around 12,284 votes.

That was down from a roughly 14,000-vote lead for Biden in Georgia’s initial tally, The Hill reported.

Georgia wraps up recount

The by-hand recount was ordered by Georgia’s Republican secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who heralded the audit’s findings as a win.

“Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” Raffensperger said in a statement issued on Thursday, according to The Hill.

“This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time,” he added.

The results were certified Friday, according to the Associated Press, making Biden the first Democratic presidential nominee to carry the southeastern state since former President Bill Clinton in 1992.

Trump continues the fight

Of course, President Donald Trump and his team of lawyers are still disputing the results in Georgia, pointing to several alleged discrepancies both in the election and during the audit and recount, as the Washington Examiner reports.

The president’s team has raised questions, among other things, about the discovery in four separate counties of memory cards containing thousands of scanned ballots — a majority of which favored Trump — that had gone uncounted during the initial tally following the Nov. 3 election, according to the Examiner.

Questions have also been raised about the efficacy of the ballot-counting machines themselves and the potential for widespread fraud and vote-flipping.

According to the Associated Press, Raffensperger, for his part, has defended the vote count, saying the “numbers don’t lie.”

“As secretary of State, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct,” he said, as the AP reported. “The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of State’s office or of courts or of either campaign.”

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