Despite many temper tantrums from outgoing President Donald Trump, Georgia has completed a hand recount of all ballots cast and still found that President-elect Joe Biden won the state, which Trump has now humiliatingly lost twice.
Georgia’s 16 electoral votes are one of the keys to Biden’s victory, helping him reach 306 total electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
Of course, Trump demanded a recount in the state and demanded that officials conduct another round of signature matching on mail ballots, which is impossible because of Georgia election laws and the fact that ballot envelopes cannot be traced back to ballots. However, election workers did painstakingly check every signature on each ballot when they were originally counted.
Trump has repeatedly attacked Georgia Republicans for not helping him steal the election, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) even committed election interference on Trump’s behalf in a scheme to get legal votes thrown out.
But Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger held his ground along with other election officials. And now a recount shows that while Trump gained a few hundred votes, he still lost by well over 10,000.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The hand recount, which also functioned as an audit of the election, mostly aligned with initial machine counts. It also uncovered almost 6,000 ballots in four counties that had been overlooked in the initial tally, resulting in Trump closing his deficit to Biden by 1,400 votes.
Both counts found the same outcome: Thousands more voters in Georgia chose Biden than Trump.
In addition to the votes Trump gained from the newly discovered ballots, he also picked up nearly 500 additional votes in the manual tally. The machine count showed Trump trailing by 12,780 votes.
In short, Trump’s lawsuits cannot change this result, although he can apparently demand another recount, which would be conducted by machine this time and at the expense of taxpayers. That won’t bother Trump one bit since he has spent his entire four years in office bilking taxpayers anyway.
Raffensperger, a Republican, hailed the completion of the recount and will certify the results.
“Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” he announced in a statement. “This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time.”
Without Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, Trump would now need to flip other states to overturn the election and his lawsuits are failing everywhere because he has not brought any evidence to prove his fraud claims.
The bottom line is that Biden won this election fair and square. Trump lost. It’s time for him to get over it, pack his bags, and get the hell out of the White House.
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