Georgia recount affirms Biden win; Trump campaign drops Michigan suit

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Georgia announced Thursday that its manual recount of ballots reaffirmed President-elect Joe Biden as the first Democrat to win the state in nearly 30 years.
A voter drops her absentee ballot in a lock box on Election Day, November 3, at Shorty Howell Park in Lawrenceville, Ga. Photo by Tami Chappell/UPI | License Photo

Nov. 19 (UPI) --

The audit results showed Biden won the state with 2,475,141 votes to President Donald Trump's 2,462,857, a 12,284-vote margin. Under the initial count, Biden won by a 12,780 margin, giving Trump a gain of 496 votes in the recount.

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Most electoral recounts typically vary by a few hundred votes, experts say.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. "This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time."

Raffensperger ordered the recount last week, saying it was necessary because the margin between Biden and Trump was less than a half-percent.

Close to 5 million Georgians voted in the 2020 election.

Included in the new tally were about 5,800 uncounted votes that were discovered on memory cards in a few counties -- about 3,600 for Trump and 2,200 for Biden.

"I don't believe at the end of the day it will change the total results," Raffensperger told CNN on Wednesday, adding that no evidence of voter fraud has been uncovered.

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Biden was projected as the winner in Georgia by most major news outlets. He is the first Democrat to win in the state since then-candidate Bill Clinton in 1992. The state awards 16 electoral votes.

State law calls for Raffensperger to certify the election results…
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