Georgia’s secretary of state officially certifies Biden as the winner of the state’s 16 electoral votes


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Georgia’s secretary of state certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election in the state, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office 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.

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 5 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 win by more than 12,000 votes and ensuring he will get the state’s 16 Electoral College votes.

Raffensperger’s office confirmed in its statement that he confirmed “the statewide consolidated returns for state and federal offices are a true and correct tabulation of the certified returns received by this office from each county.”

Raffensperger’s certification on Friday came after months of pressure from the Trump campaign and its allies over the state’s election. ProPublica reported 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.

In the past several days, amid an onslaught of criticism from Trump and his loyalists, Raffensperger told Atlanta’s Fox affiliate that he and his wife had received death threats via text message.

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“Your husband deserves to face a firing squad,” one message said.

“You better not botch this recount,” another read. “Your life depends on it.”

Raffensperger, who is a registered Republican, told Business Insider this week that because of the firestorm around the election, he now finds himself at odds with members of his own party, while becoming an unlikely liberal hero because of his defense of the electoral process and denial of Trump’s conspiracy theories.

“We did hand tally, a re-tally of this so that we could verify the accuracy of machines,” he said, referring to the risk-limiting audit. “That way we could put to bed this idea that the election was not accurate. The election appears to be very accurate. And as a Republican, I’m disappointed, but as a secretary of state, my job is to report accurate results.”

Biden is projected to win 306 electoral votes compared with Trump’s 232. A …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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