The state of Georgia, one of the battlegrounds of the US presidential election, is expected to declare Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump on Thursday after a meticulous recount, which would mean another setback for the Republican president’s attempts to hold on to power.
Georgia’s top election official, a Republican, has said the manual recount of nearly 5 million votes is unlikely to erode Democrat Biden’s initial 14,000 margin of victory enough to give him Trump’s victory in the state.
That would leave Trump with fewer and fewer options to override the results of an election in which Biden won 5.8 million more votes nationwide. Barring an unprecedented series of events, Biden will be sworn in on January 20.
In the Electoral College, which determines the winner, Biden has obtained 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, well above the 270 needed for victory. The winner in each state receives the electoral votes for that territory, a number roughly proportional to the population.
If Georgia’s 16 votes were reversed, Trump would still need to win in at least two hotly contested states to remove Biden’s victory. Georgia officials say they expect to release the results on Thursday, before the certification deadline on Friday.
In Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, the Trump campaign asked a judge to declare him the winner there, saying his Republican-controlled legislature should choose the state’s list of 20 voters to go to the Electoral College.
In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign paid a partial recount, even though election officials say it will likely only increase Biden’s 20,000-vote lead in the state, which brings in 10 electoral votes.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in several other states, including Michigan, with little success to date.
These legal initiatives, peppered with factual errors, have been dismissed by the Biden campaign as “theatrical” and not based on sound laws.
Several prominent law firms have pulled out of the operation, leaving Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, at the forefront of the efforts.
Trump said on Twitter Thursday that the lawyers will discuss a “viable path to victory” at a press conference at 1700 GMT.
Setback in Michigan
President Donald’s re-election campaign Trump He said Thursday that he withdrew his lawsuit challenging the results of the Michigan vote, another faltering legal attempt to disprove the Nov. 3 victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
“This morning we dropped our lawsuit in Michigan as a direct result of achieving the remedy we were seeking: preventing the Wayne County election from being prematurely certified before residents can be sure that every legal vote has been counted and every vote illegal. has not been counted, “said the attorney for Trump, Rudy Giuliani, in a statement.