Georgia to certify Biden's win today, officials say
November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia election officials have announced an audit of presidential election results that will trigger a full hand recount. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Friday that he'll certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory later in the day and will formalize the razor-thin presidential results after a statewide audit confirmed that Biden got more votes than President Donald Trump.
(CNN)Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Friday that he'll certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory later in the day and will formalize the razor-thin presidential results after a statewide audit confirmed that Biden got more votes than President Donald Trump.
When the results are certified, it will be a major blow to Trump's longshot efforts to overturn the outcome of the election.
Raffensberger has balked at efforts by Trump and his GOP allies to undermine the vote-counting process in the state, and has vigorously defended the integrity of the presidential race in Georgia.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, has until 5 p. m. ET Saturday to sign the paperwork that officially grants Georgia's 16 electors to Biden, according to state law.
Kemp did release a statement before the audit urging Raffensberger to "take a serious look at any and all voting irregularity allegations that have been made. " Trump and his campaign have raised baseless allegations of massive irregularities and fraud in Georgia.
Trump has mentioned the governor in at least six tweets since Election Day, encouraging Kemp to "get tough" and make the state "flip Republican," even though Georgia voters backed Biden, the Democratic nominee.
But in the tweets, Trump also berated Kemp, blaming him for a legal agreement the state reached earlier this year with Democratic groups regarding absentee ballots.
Lin Wood, who brought the lawsuit, would have served as a pro-Trump elector if Trump won Georgia.