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Georgia secretary of state will certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump



Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said Friday that he will certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state.

Raffensperger’s office said in a 12:26 pm press release that he “certified the results,” before issuing a correction at 1:06 pm saying that he “will certify the results,” but had not yet done so.

Biden won Georgia by 12,587 votes, according to the results of a statewide hand recount completed this week.

The recount affirmed that he will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1992.

Raffensperger, 65, frustrated fellow Republicans by dismissing claims that fraud may have boosted Biden. He said that in reality, “we have not heard of any widespread voter fraud” and there were only “isolated incidents.”

The top state election official began to self-quarantine last week as a COVID-19 precaution after his wife contracted the virus.

“In certifying the results, the Secretary of State will affirm that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state candidate,” the corrected press release says.

“After the certification, the two-business-day time period begins for a candidate who lost by less than 0.5% of the vote to request a recount. Certification does not preclude the state from continuing any current investigations related to the General Election or from pursuing any future allegations that may arise from these elections.”

It’s unclear how a secondary recount would differ from the state’s initial recount.

The Electoral College is expected to formally elect Biden as president in mid-December. Trump’s campaign is seeking to reverse narrow Biden wins in swing states including Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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