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Georgia secretary of state says ‘there will be a recount’ as Biden takes narrow lead

Donald Trump in Phoenix, Ariz. in Feb. 2020. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr) | Joe Biden in Altoona, Iowa in Aug. 2019. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
November 06, 2020

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said on Friday that there will be a recount of the state’s election ballots.

“Right now, Georgia remains too close to call,” he said during a press conference. “There will be a recount.”

Georgia state law allows candidates to request a recount when the margin of victory is within half a percent. As of late Friday morning, just 1,584 votes and .03% separated the two candidates in Georgia.

Biden was leading the votes 2,450,154 for 49.40% of the vote, while Trump had 2,448,570 votes for 49.37%.

A recount cannot be requested until election results are certified in all counties, however. Raffensperger estimated a recount could take until the end of the month to be completed.

According to a Friday morning update, less than 8,200 ballots remain to be counted in the state, with approximately 4,800 expected from Gwinnett County, a Biden-favored county in the Atlanta area. Another 1,797 votes are expected from Laurens County, a Trump-favored county in the central area of the state.

Friday also marks the deadline for Georgia to receive its 8,900 military and overseas absentee ballots sent upon voter request, which have not yet been returned.

The Trump campaign issued a statement Friday morning expressing confidence that Trump can win reelection.

“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final. Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail,” Trump campaign lawyer Matt Morgan said in a statement emailed to American Military News.

“Once the election is final, President Trump will be re-elected,” Morgan added.

Biden currently leads by more than 5,500 votes in Pennsylvania, 11,000 votes in Nevada, and 47,000 votes in Arizona.

Trump has already requested a recount in Wisconsin where Biden leads by approximately 20,000 votes.