The recount of the ballots for the US presidential election in the state of Georgia confirmed the victory of Joe Biden, announced Thursday the local authorities. The Democrat denounced the “incredible irresponsibility” of Donald Trump, who still refuses to accept his defeat.
Nationally, Joe Biden, who turns 78 on Friday, won nearly 80 million votes in the November 3 ballot, against just under 74 million for the Republican billionaire.
But the White House is played out through a system of elected voters in each state, and the Democrat’s victory is short in a handful of them.
In Georgia, the count gave him, during the initial count, only 14,000 votes ahead of his rival, a gap so tight that a hand recount took place.
Local authorities announced Thursday evening that this recount had confirmed Joe Biden as the winner of this state, with a slightly narrowed margin of about 12,200 votes.
A new recount?
The gap thus remaining less than 0.5% of the vote in this state, Donald Trump can request a new recount once the results are certified, said a press release from the office of the local secretary of state, in charge of organizing the elections.
A Trump campaign official immediately attacked the outcome. “This so-called manual recount went exactly as planned, because Georgia simply recounted all the illegal votes,” Jenna Ellis said. The campaign team intends to “explore all legal options”, she added.
This state is the center of attention because the control of the Senate will also be played there in January during two senatorial elections.
Beyond Georgia, Donald Trump and his allies have filed a whole series of appeals in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.
“I think Americans are witnessing incredible irresponsibility, unbelievably damaging messages sent to the rest of the world about how democracy works,” Joe Biden said from his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
“It’s hard to understand how this man reasons,” he continued. “I am convinced he knows he lost and that I will be sworn in on January 20. What he is doing is just outrageous.”
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