President-elect Joe Biden has been confirmed as the winner of Georgia, after state conducts manual recount

The first Democrat to take power since Bill Clinton in 1992, Biden wins his 16 college votes in a 306-232 victory

The Associated Press organized the race on Thursday evening after the recount, which election officials said reaffirmed Biden’s victory more than two weeks after election day

The recount allowed officials in four counties to uncover a total of around 5,800 votes Trump moved closer to around 1,400 votes from Biden as a result, but remains the loser Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the surrender was due to human error and there was no evidence of rigging or widespread fraud

“Georgia’s first state-wide historical audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system is accurately counting and reporting results,” he added “It is an honor to the hard work of our county and local election officials who acted quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time.”

“The recount process simply reaffirmed what we already knew: Georgian voters chose Joe Biden to be their next president,” Biden campaign spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg said in an email to Associated Press

“We are grateful to election officials, volunteers and workers for working overtime and under unprecedented circumstances to complete this recount, as the ultimate form of public service”

Donald Trump has refused to concede the race, contesting and contesting results in states like Georgia and pursuing recounts or delays in certification while making savage and unfounded accusations of electoral fraud

The President continued to do so on Thursday, with specific reference to Georgia, before the result was confirmed

But the manual recount of around 5 million votes did not take place in response to suspicious results issues in Georgia or an official request for a recount

Rather, it stems from an audit required by a new state law In selecting which race to audit, Georgia’s Secretary of State, a Republican, said the presidential race made the most sense in because of its importance and the narrow margin separating the candidates This, he says, made a full recount necessary

Gabriel Sterling, the official who oversaw the implementation of the new voting system in Georgia, said ahead of the announcement of the recount result that previously uncounted ballots in four counties would reduce the victory margin of Biden from about 14,000 to about 12,800

State has until Friday to certify results certified and submitted by counties.Once the State does, the losing campaign will have two business days to request a recount if the margin remains at 05%

This recount would be done using scanners and would be paid for by counties, Sterling said

The news came as Biden approached a record 80 million votes with ballots still counted in California and New York The turnout in the 2020 election was the highest in more than a century , according to data from the Associated Press and the US Elections Project

This article was modified on November 20, 2020 to correct the year Bill Clinton won in Georgia

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