Trump options narrow as MI backs Biden win

Joanna Estrada
November 21, 2020

Georgia's top elections official said Friday that he will certify that Joe Biden won the state's presidential election after a hand tally stemming from a mandatory audit affirmed the Democrat's lead over Republican President Donald Trump.

Following a by-hand recount, US President-elect Biden's narrow victory in Georgia was officially certified on Friday by the Republican official who oversaw the audit. "As governor, I have a solemn responsibility to follow the law and that is what I will continue to do".

After legal defeats, the Trump team is resting its hopes on getting Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states won by Mr Biden to set aside the results and declare Mr Trump the victor.

She instead launched into a blistering attack on members of the media and Democrats, charging them with hypocrisy for having, she said, sought to de-legitimise Mr Trump's election victory four years ago. Mr. Kemp said the audit did not get into the signature matching issue.

Trump has been waging a last-ditch effort to throw out ballots in counties that voted heavily Democratic, force recounts and otherwise delay the process of finalising state results before the Electoral College votes to confirm the next president on 14 December. "They, like an unprecedented number of American voters, had their say", Roberts said.

But if he expected them to parrot the president's line and publicly support efforts to overturn election results in MI - which Biden won by 155,000 votes - he was mistaken. "This is simply unacceptable".

"In the runoff election [s], we can not have lost memory cards or stacks of uncounted ballots", he said.

"We're going to keep fighting until every legal vote is counted".

Multiple news outlets called the overall presidential race for Mr. That leaves Biden leading by a margin of 12,670 votes, or 0.25%.

Our members voted for the candidate of their choice - some voted for President Trump, and some voted for President-elect Biden. It takes 270 electoral votes to clinch the presidency.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified results reported by the state's 159 counties that show Biden with 2.47 million votes, President Donald Trump with 2.46 million votes and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 62,138.

Susan Collins, the ME senator, said for Mr Trump to contest election irregularities, "the right way is to compile the evidence and mount legal challenges in our courts".

Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by the same projected 306-232 electoral margin in 2016.

Trump's roughly hour-long meeting with the Michigan legislators came days after he personally called two local canvass board officials who had refused to certify the results in Wayne County, Michigan's most populous county and one that overwhelmingly favoured Biden.

Trump not only would need three state legislatures to intervene against vote counts as they stand now, but then also have those actions upheld by Congress and, nearly certainly, the US Supreme Court.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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