Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger apparently confirmed Georgia’s election results and announced that Joe Biden has won.
The announcement comes after a recount and conflicting reports about whether or not the state actually certified earlier in the day.
Raffensperger: “The numbers don’t lie”
Georgia finished a nationwide vote recount for its presidential election, apparently confirming that Joe Biden had won the state by 12,284 votes.
That was a few thousand drop in the number of votes for Biden, but it was still enough to maintain his leadership in Peach State.
The hand-telling and recapture was announced last Wednesday.
“Because the scope is so tight, a complete manual recount is required in each county. This will help build trust. It will be a test, a recount and a replay at the same time, ”Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger said at the time.
“It will be a tough lift, but we will work with the counties to get this in time for our state certification,” he continued at the time.
During today’s press conference, Raffensperger said the “numbers don’t lie” in the election. “As Secretary of State, I believe the figures that are being presented to us today are correct,” he continued.
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Raffensperger’s office originally announced at 12:26 p.m. Eastern that the recount had been completed on a statement.
However, at 1:06 p.m. this was reversed as the results would be confirmed later on Friday, and not already.
– Disclose.tv @ (@disclosetv) November 20, 2020
By law, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp had until 5:00 p.m. Friday to officially confirm the results.
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Trump campaign denies Georgia results
However, the Trump campaign criticized the attempted recount and certification.
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal advisor for the Trump campaign, said the recount “went exactly as we expected” as the campaign continues to argue that there are electoral irregularities.
The near-zero objection rate for postal votes in Georgia is extremely worrying. Over the past few years, the average rejection rate has been 3%. This anomaly alone is the reason for a full and comprehensive review of all ballot papers.
– Jenny Beth Martin (@jennybethm) November 20, 2020
“The Georgia governor and secretary of state refuse to let us see signatures that would reveal hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots and give the Republican Party and me, David Perdue and perhaps Kelly Loeffler, a HUGE VICTORY,” President Trump tweeted.
“Why don’t you do it and why are you confirming a meaningless record so quickly?” he added.
… Why don’t they do it and why do they confirm a meaningless record so quickly?
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2020
It is unclear what the next steps for the Trump campaign in Georgia are.