Brad Raffensperger

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Georgia has officially certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in the state, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Friday.

“In certifying the results, the Secretary of State affirmed that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state and federal candidate,” Raffensperger’s office said in a statement.

Biden’s certification as Georgia’s presidential election winner comes after a risk-limiting audit in which election officials conducted a hand recount of more than five million paper ballots that were cast.

The final tally showed that Biden received 49.5% of the vote and President Donald Trump received 49.3%, cementing Biden’s Georgia’s win by more than 12,000 votes and ensuring he will get the state’s 16 Electoral College votes.

Raffensperger’s certification on Friday comes after months of pressure from the Trump campaign and its allies over the state’s election. ProPublica reported earlier this week that as early as January, the Trump campaign was demanding Raffensperger endorse the president, but he declined to do so, citing a responsibility to remain neutral as an official overseeing the election.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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