Washington – U-S, the battleground state of Georgia on Thursday is expected to confirm Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump after a grueling recount, which would constitute another setback for Trump’s efforts to hold on to power
Georgia’s top election official, Republican, says manual recount of nearly 5 million votes is unlikely to undermine Biden’s initial winning margin of 14,000 enough to secure Trump’s victory in the state
That would leave Republican Trump with a fading number of options to cancel the election results in which Democrat Biden won an additional 58 million votes nationwide Barring an unprecedented series of events, Biden will be sworn in on January 20
In the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner, Biden won 306 electoral votes to 232 for Trump, ahead of the 270 votes required to win The winner in each state is awarded the electoral votes for that state, a number roughly proportional to the population
Georgia’s 16-vote flip could leave Trump at least two closely contested states out of the heart of Biden’s victory Georgia officials say they expect to announce results on Thursday before the Friday ratification deadline
In Pennsylvania, where Biden won 82,000 votes, the Trump campaign is asking the judge to declare him the winner there, saying the Republican-controlled legislature should choose the state’s list of 20 electors in the Electoral College
In Wisconsin, the Trump campaign has pushed for a partial recount, although election officials there say that will only add to Biden’s 20,000 vote advantage in a state with 10 electoral votes
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in a number of other states, including Michigan, with little success so far
These legal proposals, riddled with factual errors, were dismissed by the Biden campaign as a “play” not based on sound law.
Several prominent law firms withdrew from the process, leaving Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to lead the effort
Federal and state election officials, as well as outside experts, say Trump’s argument that the election was stolen from him due to widespread voter fraud is baseless in fact
Nevertheless, it appears to affect public confidence in American democracy. A Reuters / Ipsos poll, published on Wednesday, showed that nearly half of Republicans believe Trump has “rightly won” the election
Arizona’s chief election official, Democrat Katie Hobbs, said she and her family received violent threats and urged Trump to stop questioning the result, in which he lost just over 10,000 votes
Hobbes said in a statement: “(The threats) are symptomatic of a deeper problem in our country and our country – the ongoing and systematic undermining of trust in each other and our democratic process.”
Trump, who has largely stayed in the White House and has been out of sight since the election, has no public events scheduled for Thursday
His administration has so far refused to recognize Biden as the winner, which has suspended financial and security clearances to facilitate the transition from one president to another before the January 20 inauguration.
Biden said on Wednesday that the delay prevented his team from planning a new attack on the escalating coronavirus infections, which is straining the health care system.
(Written by Andy Sullivan and Daniel Trotta; Editing by Ross Colvin, Lincoln Fest, and David Clark)
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Recount in Georgia
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