Donald Trump campaign requests hand recount in Georgia

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U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who's leading President Donald Trump's recount team in Georgia, and state Republican Party Chairman David Shafer sent a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Tuesday requesting that he order a hand recount of Georgia's nearly 5 million ballots before certifying the results.
ATLANTA — Republicans are making more demands of Georgia's chief elections officer as they seek to overturn Democrat Joe Biden's 12,000-vote lead in the state's presidential race.



The move comes a day after Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler called for Raffensperger's resignation, claiming he ran the election poorly but citing no specific incidents of wrongdoing. Perdue will face Democrat Jon Ossoff and Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock in Jan. 5 runoffs that are likely to determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Raffensperger has refused to step down and defended how his office conducted the election. His office has refuted a number of claims made by Trump supporters.

"The process of reporting results has been orderly and followed the law," Raffensperger said in a Monday statement. "Where there have been specific allegations of illegal voting, my office has dispatched investigators."

"This is not about anything but a fair process and election," Collins said in an interview with The Associated Press. "This is not about sour grapes. It's not about anything else. It's just about saying, let's restore the integrity, because we've got more elections here in Georgia in a very short time."

The race for president in Georgia is too close to call. As of Tuesday, Biden led Trump by 12,651 votes out of nearly 5 million votes counted. Nearly all ballots have been counted, though counties have until Friday to certify their results.

Georgia law outlines several steps that must be completed before results are…
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