“Georgia recount shows ‘verdict of the people,’ says elections head”

AJC:

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said “numbers don’t lie” as he plans to certify Georgia’s election results Friday that showed Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump.

Biden was ahead of Trump by over 12,000 votes in both machine counts and a manual recount of paper ballots.

“Like other Republicans, I’m disappointed our candidate didn’t win,” Raffensperger said during a news conference at the state Capitol. “Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie. As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people.”

A manual recount and audit of all ballots found that Biden received 12,284 more votes than Trump, according to results released Thursday. The recount was within 500 votes of initial machine ballot counts.

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