Georgia recount results: Biden still ahead by 12,000 — but Trump has one last roll of the dice

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ATLANTA — A statewide hand recount of more than 5 million votes cast for the presidential race in Georgia reaffirmed Joe Biden's win in the Peach State but also exposed serious flaws with the state's new $107 million voting system, something Republicans are likely to seize upon.
The audited vote totals by hand had Biden at 2,475,141, compared to President Trump's 2,462,857, reducing Biden's lead from about 14,000 votes to 12,284.

Poll workers worked around the clock and on the weekend in some counties to make Wednesday's 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that the audit resulted in little change, "not a thimble full of difference," and expected to certify the results Friday.

"Georgia's historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state's new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results," he said in a written statement. "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."

The Associated Press called the election in Georgia for Biden at 8 p.m. EST on Thursday.

Georgia's handling of the presidential election has ignited a nasty battle within the Republican Party on a state and national level.

The state, once considered a safe space for conservatives, turned blue on Nov. 3, and the blame game began almost immediately. What unfolded was a toxic mess full of name-calling and bitter in-fighting with Republicans taking sides: Trump or their state-elected GOP leaders.

The Trump campaign blamed Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Raffensperger for not pushing unfounded claims of election rigging and fraud.

As the days went by, the accusations only got worse and revealed a badly fractured base in need of repair ahead of twin runoff elections in January that will determine which party takes control of the U.S. Senate.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted that there were "almost ZERO ballots rejected in Georgia this election" and called out Kemp. His tweet was tagged with a "this claim about election fraud is disputed"…
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