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Georgia Secretary of State certifies Joe Biden’s victory over Trump

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state — delivering another blow to President Trump’s long-shot bid to reverse narrow losses in swing states.

Raffensperger, a Republican, certified that Biden won Georgia by 12,587, following a statewide hand recount that slightly narrowed Biden’s lead.

“In certifying the results, the Secretary of State affirmed that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state and federal candidate,” the secretary of state’s office said in a press release.

“With the certification, the two-business-day time period begins for a candidate who lost by less than 0.5% of the vote to request a recount,” the office said. “Certification does not preclude the state from continuing any current investigations related to the General Election or from pursuing any future allegations that may arise from these elections.”

It’s unclear how a secondary recount would differ from the state’s initial recount.

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