Dec 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Georgia recertifies Biden's victory after two recounts

Brad Raffensperger

Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger recertified the state's election results on Monday, after another recount showed once again that President-elect Joe Biden won the state.

Why it matters: The recertification is the latest blow to Trump's long-shot effort to overturn the election results in Georgia and other states.

  • The president and his allies continue to claim, without evidence, that widespread election fraud took place in the presidential election.
  • Earlier on Monday, judges in Michigan and Georgia dismissed two parallel so-called "Kraken" lawsuits from attorney Sidney Powell, who has been pushing conspiracy theories about the election results.

Driving the news: The Trump campaign requested a recount after the state certified the results last month.

  • Biden won the initial count tally, a hand recount ordered by the state, and the machine recount requested by the Trump campaign.
  • The machine recount showed Biden's lead was just under 12,000 votes.

What he's saying: “Today is an important day for election integrity in Georgia and across the country,” Raffensperger said in a statement.

  • “The claims in the Kraken lawsuit prove to be as mythological as the creature for which they’re named," he added.
  • "Georgians can now move forward knowing that their votes, and only their legal votes, were counted accurately, fairly, and reliably.”

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