Georgia secretary of state certifies that Biden beat Trump: ‘Numbers do not lie’

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Georgia’s secretary of state licensed Friday that Joe Biden gained the state’s 2020 presidential election after a hand recount confirmed nearly no change in his margin of victory over President Trump.The recount in Georgia, which was triggered by a compulsory audit of the outcomes, confirmed Biden gained by greater than 12,000 votes, amassing 2,475,141 to Trump’s 2,462,857.“Numbers don’t lie,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger mentioned throughout a information convention in Atlanta earlier than formally certifying Biden’s victory. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. 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.”Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger talking in Atlanta on Friday. (Brynn Anderson/AP)After the audit concluded on Thursday, the Associated Press formally referred to as Georgia and its 16 electoral votes for Biden, giving him 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 — the identical margin of Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.“The recount process simply reaffirmed what we already knew: Georgia voters selected Joe Biden to be their next president,” Jaclyn Rothenberg, Georgia communications director for the Biden marketing campaign, mentioned in a press release. “We are grateful to the election officials, volunteers and workers for working overtime and under unprecedented circumstances to complete this recount as the utmost form of public service.”Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp now has till 5 p.m. ET Saturday to log out on the state’s slate of presidential electors. The Trump marketing campaign has till Tuesday to request a machine recount. (There isn’t any obligatory recount legislation in Georgia, however state legislation does enable for a marketing campaign to request one if the margin is lower than 0.5 %. It at the moment stands at 0.2 %.)Election employees in Lawrenceville, Ga., on Monday. (Megan Varner/Getty Images)With dwindling authorized choices to show unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud, Trump and his allies have shifted from courtroom challenges to pressuring Republican state legislators in a bid to overturn the election outcomes. The president summoned two state lawmakers from Michigan to satisfy with him on the White House on Friday afternoon.Story continuesOn Twitter Wednesday, Trump protested the Georgia recount and referred to as on Kemp to intervene. Kemp has to date given no indication he plans to take action.Cover picture: Andrew Harnik/AP___Read extra from Yahoo News: