The Peach State flipped in 2020, voting in a majority for a Democratic Presidential candidate for the first time since the 1990’s, and utterly shocking the American political culture at large.
This is Georgia we’re talking about: The state that once housed the capital of the Confederacy, and a reliably Republican sort of place for decades running. When she turned blue during that fateful election, it truly did shock the nation.
Several of the Georgia races were too close to call, however. Two Senate races in the Peach State will be heading to a January 5th runoff that will determine the balance of the higher chamber of Congress in the new year.
This also triggered an audit of the count by Georgia officials, and has now prompted Donald Trump to request a recount as well.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) and Gov. Brian Kemp (R) certified Georgia’s election results on Friday, which found former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Trump by 12,670 votes, or 0.26 percent, out of five million, following a week-long hand recount of all votes.
Kemp said in an announcement state law required him to certify the results but that his certification “paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose.”
State law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5 percent. Trump’s campaign team had until Tuesday to make the request.
“We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted,” the Trump campaign legal team said in an unsigned statement, a sentiment previously echoed by Trump on social media.
President Trump has insisted that he in fact won the 2020 election, and has dispatched several legal teams to jurisdictions around the country hoping to prove his victory in court.
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