Biden wins Georgia by 12,284 votes after hand recount, a blow to Trump

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U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has won Georgia after a hand recount in the state’s 5 million presidential votes, the state’s secretary of state said on Thursday.

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“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 said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”

Biden won Georgia by 12,284 votes to be Donald Trump in the red state that has not voted for a Democrat for decades.

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Biden’s margin of victory narrowed slightly from about 14000 votes because of a few human errors.

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The hand recount has now dashed President Donald Trump’s hope of winning Georgia after a hand recount.

Georgia is now set to certify its election results on Friday and award the 16 electoral votes there to Biden.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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