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Georgia governor says he'll certify state's electoral votes for Biden

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Friday that will “follow the law” and sign the paperwork that officially grants Georgia’s 16 electoral electors to President-elect Joe Biden.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Friday that will “follow the law” and sign the paperwork that officially grants Georgia’s 16 electoral electors to President-elect Joe Biden.

State law requires Kemp, a Republican, to award Georgia’s electoral votes to the certified winner of the presidential election.

A federal judge on Thursday rejected a last-ditch lawsuit that tried to block certification, and Biden’s victory was certified Friday afternoon by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

“Earlier today, Secretary Raffensperger presented the certified results of the 2020 general election to my office,” Kemp said at a news conference.

Certifying election results is typically a formality, but the process has become the latest battleground in President Trump's longshot attempt to cling onto power.

After the news conference, Kemp’s office put out a news release saying, explicitly, “Governor Kemp Formalizes Election Certification. ” But Kemp also embraced some of Trump’s complaints about the process in Georgia.

Kemp asked Raffensperger to conduct a partial audit of absentee ballots to double-check that the signatures matched – caving to a persistent demand from Trump throughout the post-election process.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has certified President-elect Joe Biden's narrow victory in the state, according to a news release.

Biden won Georgia by 12,670 votes, or 0. 26% of the nearly 5 million ballots cast statewide, according to final certified results from the Secretary of State.

Joe Biden’s team is making a fundraising push for its transition operations as the General Services Administration has yet to ascertain Biden as the election winner – a move that would open up millions of dollars in federal money for the president-elect’s transition work.

Even as some Republicans are starting to speak out about President Trump's attacks on the election results, a wide array of Republicans continue to back the President — and some are endorsing his long-shot strategy of winning in the Electoral College and subverting the will of voters in key battleground states.

Under the longshot theory, Republican-led legislatures could appoint pro-Trump slates of presidential electors, even if Biden carried the popular vote in their state, assuming a state has not certified the vote in time.

Asked on Thursday if his state should delay certifying the election, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar told CNN, “I believe it should. ” 

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