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Joe Biden Officially Wins Georgia Following Hand Recount

After a close and contentious presidential race in Georgia that dragged on for more than two weeks and led to a hand recount of five million ballots, President-Elect Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the state’s 16 Electoral College votes.

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Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said during a press conference on Friday that he will certify Biden as the victor before the 5 p.m. deadline. Republican Governer Brian Kemp has until 5 p.m. Saturday to certify Biden’s electors, who will convene on December 14 to cast one vote each for president and vice president.

“I’m a passionate conservative, and as I’ve said before, I’m a proud Trump supporter. I was with him early in the 2016 election cycle, and he’s governed the nation by the same conservative principles that I hold dear,” Raffensperger said during a news conference. “Like other Republicans, I’m disappointed our candidate didn’t win Georgia’s electoral votes.”

But Raffensperger, unlike many within the GOP, is leaving his personal feeling out of politics – because only votes matter.

Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by that numbers don’t lie. Close elections sow distrust. People feel their side was cheated. We saw this from the Democrats in 2018, and we see this from the Republicans today. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct,” Raffensperger said. “The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or our courts, or of either campaigns.”

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Sixty-one days until the inauguration.



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