Good news for Joe Biden: the recount of the ballots for the presidential election in the state of Georgia reinforced his victory. The Democratic candidate, at the end of the initial count, was only some 14,000 votes ahead of his rival Donald Trump, a gap so narrow that a hand recount took place. The gap has narrowed slightly, now just over 12,200 votes ahead for Joe Biden. The gap thus remaining less than 0.5% of the vote, the American president can request a new recount once the results are certified, said a statement from the office of the local secretary of state, in charge of organizing the elections.
The day after the election, Donald Trump attacked electoral operations in this southern state. In a series of tweets, he had notably rebounded on the discovery of nearly 6,000 ballots in two counties with a Republican majority. A part had been counted, but not downloaded into the system. The others appear to have been left in a box, according to local authorities.
“The recount has fulfilled its role”
“This creates confusion and we understand that people are worried”, but “the good news is that the recount has fulfilled its role” in correcting these errors, commented Gabriel Sterling, one of the Republican elected officials. in charge of supervising operations. “Let us hope that President Trump accepts the result,” he added on Fox News, regretting that “the questioning” of the election “undermines the foundations of democracy”. This state is the center of attention because the control of the Senate will also be played there in January during two senatorial elections.
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Nationally, Joe Biden won nearly 80 million votes in the November 3 ballot, compared to 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. Beyond Georgia, President Donald Trump and his allies have filed a series of appeals in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.
Some have been rejected by the courts, others withdrawn by those concerned, but President Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer is struggling to support the last. This week, for the first time in decades, the former mayor of New York even pleaded before a federal judge, without providing material elements. “I think (the Americans) are the witnesses of an incredible irresponsibility, of incredibly damaging messages sent to the rest of the world on the functioning of democracy”, declared, on Thursday, Joe Biden from his stronghold of Wilmington , in Delaware.