Georgia confirms Biden's victory in state as hand audit ends

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Reuters
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Photo: Reuters
After a painstaking recount, Georgia officials confirmed on Thursday (US time) that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the battleground state on Nov. 3, further narrowing the president's dubious effort to overturn the election results.

The result of the six-day hand recount of the state's 5 million ballots had been widely expected, despite baseless allegations from Trump and his allies that Georgia's vote tallies were suspect because of widespread fraud.

Amid a series of losses in court, Trump's re-election campaign has shifted to a new strategy that relies on persuading Republican state legislators in crucial states to ignore the election results and intervene on Trump's behalf, according to three people familiar with the plan.

The campaign has filed multiple lawsuits to try to challenge the results in battleground states that Biden won, as election officials across the country have affirmed that there is no evidence of major irregularities. Judges in three states delivered new legal setbacks to the campaign on Thursday, rejecting claims of improper vote counting.

Biden, a Democrat, has captured 306 electoral votes to the Republican Trump's 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner of the election, well above the 270 needed for victory.

Georgia's audit, launched after unofficial results showed Biden leading Trump by about 14,000 votes cast, ended with Biden winning by 12,284, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office. The state is expected to certify Biden's victory on Friday.

Trump and his allies, including Georgia's Republican U.S. senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who both face runoff elections in January, have accused fellow Republican Raffensperger without evidence of overseeing a flawed election, an allegation Raffensperger has angrily disputed.

In remarks on Thursday after a call with 10 state governors, Biden called Trump's attempt to reverse the results "totally irresponsible."

"It sends a horrible message about who we are as a country," said the president-elect, although he expressed no concern that the gambit would succeed in preventing him from taking office on Jan. 20.

While legal experts see Trump's last-gasp effort as unlikely to succeed, they say the strategy represents an unprecedented assault on the country's democratic institutions by a sitting president.

The Trump campaign has already asked a judge in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, to declare Trump the winner, allowing the Republican-controlled legislature to choose the state's 20 Electoral College voters.

Several prominent law firms have pulled out of the campaign's legal challenges, leaving Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to spearhead the efforts.

GIULIANI ALLEGES CONSPIRACY

At a news conference on Thursday, Giuliani said he planned to file more lawsuits and that Democrats had engaged in a "national conspiracy" to manipulate vote totals, although he admitted he did not have any evidence.

Other members of the legal team floated a theory involving Venezuela and George Soros, a bogeyman of conservatives, although they said they would probably not pursue it in court.

Giuliani said accounts of suspicious activity would ultimately overturn the election, which Biden won nationwide by 5.9 million votes. Some of those accounts have already been thrown out of court.

"We cannot allow these crooks - because that's what they are - to steal this election. They elected Donald Trump. They didn't elect Joe Biden," Giuliani said.

Giuliani's agitated performance, featuring rivulets of hair dye running down his face, was widely mocked by Democrats. Others expressed alarm.

"That press conference was the most dangerous 1hr 45 minutes of television in American history," tweeted Christopher Krebs, who headed up the U.S. government's efforts to combat election disinformation until he was fired by Trump earlier this week.

'NO EXCUSE'

Critics say Trump's refusal to concede has serious implications for national security and the fight against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 250,000 Americans.

Biden is not receiving the classified intelligence due a president-elect, and his transition team has not received the funding, office space and briefings from current government officials normally afforded to an incoming administration.

He warned the delay could cause additional deaths as the pandemic surges to record levels across the country.

"There is no excuse not to share the data and let us begin to plan, because on Day One it's going to take us time, if we don't have access to all this data," he said in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. "It's going to put us behind the eight ball by a matter of a month or more, and that's lives."

The former vice president has focused on preparing his incoming administration, naming senior staff members and getting briefed by his advisers. He said on Thursday he had selected a Treasury secretary and could announce his pick as soon as next week.

Democratic leaders in Congress sent a letter on Thursday to the administrator in charge of releasing transition funds, Emily Murphy, demanding that she explain why she has yet to recognize Biden as president-elect.

Part of the new Trump campaign effort involves trying to delay certification, the normally routine process by which election results are finalized, a senior campaign official said.

In Detroit on Tuesday, Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refused at first to certify the results, then reversed themselves, then signed affidavits that they wanted to rescind their certification.

One of the members told Reuters that Trump called her after she agreed to certify the results.

Trump's campaign dropped a federal lawsuit on Thursday challenging the election results in Michigan, citing the Wayne County officials' affidavits. Officials said the affidavits were too late to stop certification.

Republican legislative leaders from Michigan are scheduled to visit the White House on Friday at Trump's request, a source in Michigan said, adding the lawmakers planned to hear what the president had to say.

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Looks like Trump's success in court is similar to his business success and presidential success; failure, failure, failure.

Ever notice, smart people have an easier time empathizing with the other person and understanding their arguments. They are also able to integrate these arguments into their own chain of thought and to reconsider their opinions accordingly. A sure sign of intelligence is the ability to look at and understand things from a different point of view, and intelligent people are open-minded towards new information and changing parameters. Intellectually challanged people on the other hand will continue arguing forever & will not budge from their position, regardless of any valid arguments brought against them. That also means they will not notice if the other person happens to be more intelligent & competent. The term was coined in 1999 in the publication of David Dunning & Justin Kruger. The psychologists had noticed in prior studies that in areas like reading comprehension, playing chess or driving a car, ignorance leads to confidence more often than knowledge does. Sound like anybody you know

This overestimation is called the Dunning-Kruger effect. It is the cognitive bias that makes less competent people overestimate their own skills while underestimating the competence of others.

They refused to check the ballot signatures so all they did was match the ballots to the machine count but even then they found major errors
NZ Herald 20-11-2020 "Three previously uncounted batches of votes have now been discovered in Georgia, narrowing Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump by more than 1400.
The three caches of votes in Floyd, Fayette and Walton Counties, found during the state's recount, heavily favoured the President, although they are not even close to overcoming his deficit of more than 12,000 votes."
You can read the full article here,
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/us-election-georgia-error-nearly-gave-j...
What I like about this rare article in today's world, is that it is factually written.
Biden is described as the "presumptive winner" not "President elect" which is factually wrong because no one is "elect" until the Electoral College votes.
Until Reuters and the rest of the media go back to reporting facts, the world will become more divided.

You obviously don't understand the US legal system. Trump cannot just walk into the courthouse right now and file a petition to throw out votes. Challenges have to work their way up through a gauntlet of state courts first, including district, and there have to be clear legal grounds for a case. He needs to lose these cases to get to the supreme court. When the cases make it before "the Supremes", out of states deciding the election, and the court decided they were the same issue, then the new conservative lean to the bench could work in Trump's favour. If not, Trump "will accept the results of a free and fair election". No worries, 20 Jan 21 is the big day for Trump, the start of his second term!

Agree, dimwits have no idea how the legal system works. Will go down in history as best president in history of US. Second term we should see Hunter Biden thrown in jail as well the Clintons. The second term is going to be A W E S O M E. There is so much more swamp to drain.

You guys are AWESOME! It's always refreshing to see the world through a different lens. I personally believe you and fellow Trump fans are beating a dead horse and you will all end up with egg on your face, or at the very least black hair dye!

Maybe, just maybe, it's just somebody who is bored to tears and likes winding people up?

Too funny! David, Trump can't get 270 electoral votes. He knows that. But he can prevent Biden from getting 270 electoral votes and force a contingent election in the house of representatives. That's the purpose of the lawsuits. It was done in 1800, 1824, and 1836. The lawsuits won't get Trump a single electoral vote. But they will nullify some of the electoral votes Biden has. I don't know if they can get it under the 270 EV he needs to win. But they will make his life miserable, absolutely miserable. You thought Trump was an illegitimate president? Biden will be the most illegitimate president in the history of the US. Trump will be poking Biden and the democrats in the eye until he's reelected in 2024. If this is a failure, give me some, please! The stupidity of some of the comments is hilarious. Yeah, lock him up, lock him up...too funny! Realistically, you think that is really going to happen? That opens the door to arrest the Clintons, Obama, and the Bidens. Read my lips; never going to happen. Obama is the worst US president, Biden will take the title from Obama. Seriously, if Trump is a failure, I'll take that over whatever it is that you call yourself.

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