Chances narrow of Trump overturning Bidens win after Georgia loss

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Biden is the first Democrat to carry Georgia since 1992
President Donald Trump's desperate bid to overturn the Nov. 3 election result was dealt another blow on Friday after it was announced he had lost Georgia, while the winner, President-elect Joe Biden, filled more jobs in his incoming U.S. administration.

Biden, a Democrat, is preparing to take office on Jan. 20, but Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede and is searching for a way to invalidate or overturn the results in a number of states, claiming widespread voter fraud. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger poured more cold water on the Trump campaign's effort when he announced that a manual recount and audit of all ballots cast in the southern state had determined that Biden was the winner.

Biden is the first Democrat to carry since 1992. "The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state's office or courts, or of either campaigns," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, told reporters.In a statement hours later, Raffensberger said he would certify the results later on Friday.

With the door slammed shut in and having been stung by a series of court defeats, the Trump team is resting its hopes on getting Republican-controlled legislatures in other battleground states won by Biden to set aside the results and declare Trump the winner, according to three people familiar with the plan.It is focusing on Michigan and Pennsylvania for now, but even if both those states flipped to the president he would need to overturn the vote in another state to vault ahead of Biden in the Electoral College.

Such an extraordinary event would be unprecedented in modern U.S. history. Trump not only would need three state legislatures to intervene against vote counts as they stand now, but then also have those actions upheld by Congress and, almost certainly, the U.S. Supreme Court.Undeterred by the long odds, Trump was meeting with Michigan's state legislative leaders, Senate…
Trevor Hunnicutt and Joseph Ax | Reuters
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