- Before the Georgia recount, unofficial results had shown Biden ahead of Trump by about 14,000 votes.
- After the recount, Biden still won but by 12,284, as per the new results by the state election officials.
- While lawyers see Trump’s latest effort as unlikely to succeed, they say the strategy is an unprecedented assault on the country’s democratic institutions by a president.
Electoral officials in the State of Georgia Thursday confirmed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s victory in the state after they completed a manual recount of votes, as requested by the campaign of President Donald Trump. President-Elect Biden thus became the first Democrat to win in Georgia, a traditionally Republican state, since Bill Clinton in 1992.
President-Elect Biden eventually garnered 2,475,141 votes (49.5%) ahead of President Donald Trump, with 2,462,857 (49.3%), according to the Georgia Department of State, the state’s electoral authority.
Before the Georgia recount, unofficial results had shown Biden ahead of Trump by about 14,000 votes. However, after the recount, Biden still won but by 12,284, as per the new results by the state election officials.
The secretary of state released the count after a federal court in Atlanta, Georgia’s capital, rejected yet another lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign, aimed at delaying the certification of the results.
Georgia formalized these results on Friday, which confirmed the appointment of its 16 electoral votes to President-Elect Biden.
As the vote difference is less than 0.5% in Georgia, the state’s electoral law allows the Trump campaign to request a new recount, this time mechanical. In the US as a whole, Joe Biden won 306 electoral votes, well above the 270 needed to be elected president, while Trump won 232.
President Trump has repeatedly complained about the manual recount in Georgia, making accusations without evidence, and criticizing the Secretary of State, the highest local electoral authority, Republican Brad Raffensperger, who has received death threats. The President tweeted Monday:
“The Fake recount going on in Georgia means nothing because they are not allowing signatures to be looked at and verified. Break the unconstitutional Consent Decree!”
On Thursday, after holding a bipartisan videoconference on the coronavirus pandemic with ten American governors, President-Elect Biden called Trump’s attempt to overturn the presidential election results “totally irresponsible.”
“It sends a horrible message about who we are as a country,” said the President-Elect. He called President Trump “one of the most irresponsible presidents in American history,” due to his refusal to start preparations for the power transition.
While lawyers see Trump’s latest effort as unlikely to succeed, they say the strategy is an unprecedented assault on the country’s democratic institutions by a president.
The Trump campaign has already asked a judge in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, to declare Trump the winner in the state and allow the local Republican-controlled legislature to choose the state’s 20 electors for the Electoral College.
Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who is leading the effort to prove that President-Elect Biden wasn’t legally elected, has vowed to open more lawsuits. He stated that Democrats are involved in a “national conspiracy” to manipulate vote totals, although he admitted he had no evidence of the accusation.
To prove that President Trump and his inner circle aren’t giving up any time soon, the President early this week fired Christopher Krebs, who headed the U.S.’ cybersecurity agency, leading efforts to combat disinformation in the elections.