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Trump vs. Biden: Results of Georgia State vote recount are out, discrepancy recorded

Georgia has finished its statewide audit of the razor-thin presidential race, confirming that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, according to a news release from the Secretary of State’s office.

Biden
beat Trump by 12,284 votes, according to the final results from the audit. This
is a slight drop for Biden compared to the pre-audit results.

Officials
have said repeatedly that the audit confirmed there was no widespread fraud or
irregularities in the election.

Georgia
is required under state law to certify its election results by Friday.

“Georgia’s
historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper
ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” Georgia
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said in a statement.

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“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.”There is no state where the sting of Trump’s loss has been more
acutely felt than in the red state of Georgia.

The
suburban revolt against Trump in the suburbs surrounding Atlanta, paired with
huge turnout among Black voters, powered Biden’s gains in the state, building
on years of intensive Democratic organizing to register voters.

The Biden
campaign’s communications director for Georgia, Jaclyn Rothenberg, said in a
statement Thursday evening that the recount outcome, “simply reaffirmed
what we already knew: Georgia voters selected Joe Biden to be their next
president.”

“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,” she said.

The
state is now the center of the political universe, because the two US Senate
runoff elections will determine which political party controls the Senate.

The
President has continued to tweet debunked disinformation about voting software
used in the state and objected to the recount as “fake” by tweeting
false claims about the state’s signature-matching process.

Gabriel
Sterling, Georgia’s voting system implementation manager, explained to CNN’s
Anderson Cooper on “AC360” Thursday that “one of the main things
that you’re looking for when you do this hand audit is to make sure that the
items you see on the paper, on the ballot” match what the computer says.

“Human
beings are looking because, as you know, one of the big complaints is these
machines somehow flipped votes or changed votes or did stuff. They didn’t, at
least not in Georgia,” Sterling said. “We proved it.”

During
the weeklong recount, officials in four counties found new batches of votes
that weren’t counted on Election Day or weren’t properly transmitted to the
Secretary of State for tallying.

In
all, more than 5,800 uncounted votes were uncovered, netting nearly 1,400 new
votes for Trump, who falsely said the discoveries were proof of wrongdoing.
State officials stressed that these were accidents caused by human error and
not indicative of fraud or vote-rigging.

Raffensperger’s
office called the difference between the audit results and the original
machine-counted results “well within the expected margin of human error
that occurs when hand-counting ballots.”

Ben
Adida — the executive director of the election security nonprofit VotingWorks,
which assisted Georgia with the audit — said in a statement, “Georgia’s
first statewide audit successfully confirmed the winner of the chosen contest
and should give voters increased confidence in the results.”

Raffensperger
has come under fire from both Trump and the state’s sitting GOP senators, David
Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who called on him to resign after falsely accusing
him of failing to “deliver honest and transparent elections.”

Raffensperger
told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday that the state has “not seen
widespread voter fraud.” When asked about the attacks from Trump and
members of his own party, he defended his credentials as a “lifelong
Republican” and “conservative Christian Republican.”

“I’m
going to make sure we count every legal, lawful vote and we’re not going to
count any illegal votes,” Raffensperger said. “My record will stand
on itself. We have done a great job.”

Governor’s signature needed to finalize
Biden’s win

While
Raffensperger is expected to certify the results on Friday morning, there is
one more step in the process: Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has until 5 p.m. ET
Saturday to sign the paperwork that officially grants Georgia’s 16 electors to
Biden, according to state law.

CNN
has asked Kemp’s office if he plans to do this without incident.

State
law says the governor “shall certify the slates of presidential electors
receiving the highest number of votes,” and it’s unclear what options Kemp
would have to avoid signing the paperwork.

Kemp
has been relatively quiet during the audit process, but he released a statement
before the audit urging Raffensperger to “take a serious look at any and
all voting irregularity allegations that have been made.”

Trump
has mentioned Kemp in at least six tweets since Election Day, encouraging him
to “get tough” and make the state “flip Republican.” He
also encouraged Kemp to “take charge” after it became clear the audit
wasn’t uncovering widespread irregularities.

In
other tweets, the President has struck a more hostile tone, blaming Kemp for a
legal agreement the state reached earlier this year with Democratic groups
regarding absentee ballots. Raffensperger’s office has said Trump is
mischaracterizing the agreement, known as a consent decree, which he falsely
claimed weakened verification rules for absentee ballots.

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