A hand recount of ballots in Georgia affirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the state over Donald Trump, state officials announced on Thursday, even as Trump continues to press unfounded claims of voter fraud.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said that the “historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results.”
The audit showed that Biden won the state by 12,284 votes, compared to 12,780 before the recount. Trump gained 486 votes in the audit.
The audit showed that the highest error rate in any county recount was 0.73%. Most counties reported no change in their tally, and the majority of remaining counties had changes of fewer than ten ballots. The most significant change was found in counties that had not uploaded all of their memory cards, which was blamed on human error, but it did not change the outcome.
In a long press conference, Trump’s legal team, led by Rudy Giuliani, made a series of claims of election fraud, even though they produced little evidence and bandied about a series of wild conspiracy theories. Fox News was the only major cable news network to carry the press conference live, as CNN and MSNBC stuck to regular programming.
Raffensperger indicated that the results will be certified on Friday. At the press conference, Giuliani said that the Trump campaign planned to file a new lawsuit in the state.
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