Biden Maintains His Lead Over Trump as Georgia Recount Ends

Biden Maintains His Lead Over Trump as Georgia Recount Ends

Georgia officials completed a recount of the state’s Nov. 3 presidential vote that showed President-elect Joe Biden keeping a narrower but still decisive lead, dealing another setback to President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results.

The Georgia secretary of state’s office said Biden had an advantage of 12,284 votes.

The hand recount of the state’s 5 million votes that began Friday was ordered after the initial count found Biden ahead by 12,780 votes, or about 0.3 percentage points.

“Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican. “This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time.”

While the recount revealed uncounted ballots in four counties that bolstered Trump’s count, it wasn’t enough to change the outcome of the race, which was called for Biden last week, making him the first Democrat to carry Georgia since Bill Clinton in 1992.