Georgia’s top elections official on Friday certified election results showing Joe Biden won the presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat’s lead over Republican President Donald Trump.
The final results certified by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had Biden with 2.47 million votes, President Trump with 2.46 million votes and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 62,138. That leaves Biden leading by a margin of 12,670 votes or 0.25%.
“Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Secretary of State Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol. “As Secretary of State, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or of courts or of either campaign.”
Under state law, Raffensperger was required to certify the election results by 5 p.m. Friday. Now, Gov. Brian Kemp has until 5 p.m. Saturday to certify the state’s slate of 16 presidential electors.
Kemp announced a news conference for Friday at 5 p.m. The Republican Governor hasn’t stepped forward to defend the integrity of this year’s elections