Trump campaign files for new recount in Georgia

Source: The Hill | November 21, 2020 | Jesse Byrnes

President Trump’s campaign said Saturday it filed a petition for a new recount in Georgia the day after officials there certified the election results showing President-elect Joe Biden with a lead in the Peach State.

“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.

“President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards,” the statement added.

The Trump campaign’s push for the recount in Georgia comes one day after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) certified the results of the election in that state, showing Biden leading Trump by more than 12,000 votes. He is the first Democratic presidential nominee to win Georgia since 1992.

Georgia conducted a hand recount of the 5 million votes cast in the presidential race, though Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signaled Friday when he certified the results that Trump’s campaign could pursue “other legal options” and request a new recount.

The campaign had until Tuesday to request the recount, which is allowed under state law if an election is decided by 0.5 percentage points or less. Trump and Biden are currently separated by about a quarter of a percentage point in the state.

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