Georgia has finished its statewide recount of the presidential election ballots, confirming that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, according to a news release from the Secretary of State’s office.
Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes, according to the final results. This is a slight drop for Biden compared to the pre-audit results.
Officials have said repeatedly that the audit confirmed there was no widespread fraud or irregularities in the election.
Georgia is required under state law to certify its election results by Friday.
“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, a Republican, said in a statement.
This puts a dent on Trumps voter fraud claims and makes his intended lawsuits frivolous. The question now on the lips of everyone is if Trump would accept the results of the recounts and concede defeat or go ahead with his false claims of voter fraud and winning the election.
Meanwhile Mr Joe Biden said he was confident Mr Trump knew he was not going to win and had shown “incredible irresponsibility”.