Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) announced Friday that he will certify the Peach State’s election results, cementing former Vice President Joe Biden as the winner in the state.
Kemp stated during a press conference that the law requires him to “formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose.” The governor did not explicitly endorse the results.
“State law now requires the governor’s office to formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose,” he said.
Earlier Friday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified Biden’s narrow victory in the state.
“Working as an engineer throughout my life, I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie,” Raffensperger said in a press conference. “As secretary of state, I believe that the numbers that we have presented today are correct. The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or of courts or of either campaign.”
Biden is leading President Donald Trump by over 12,000 votes in the state.
Raffensberger, in a statement, previously said that Georgia finished its statewide risk-limiting audit of the vote.
“Georgia’s historic first statewide audit reaffirmed that the state’s new secure paper ballot voting system accurately counted and reported results,” he said.
Trump’s campaign dismissed Raffensberger’s report following the audit, saying the hand recount didn’t have a signature-matching process.
“We continue to demand that Georgia conduct an honest recount, which includes signature matching. We intend to pursue all legal options to ensure that only legal ballots are counted,” said Jenna Ellis, senior legal advisor to the Trump campaign, in a statement. “Headlines are already falsely reporting that Joe Biden is declared the winner in Georgia. Sorry, media, that’s not how it works,” Ellis added.
She called on Georgia to not certify its results.
Biden’s team praised the recounting effort by saying that it “simply reaffirmed what we already knew: Georgia voters selected Joe Biden to be their next president.”
“We are grateful to the election officials, volunteers and workers for working overtime and under unprecedented circumstances to complete this recount as the utmost form of public service,” she added.
Sidney Powell is warning Brian Kemp
In response to the news, Attorney Sidney Powell tweeted: “Georgia is squarely in our crosshairs for massive election fraud & corruption,” and noting to Brian Kemp.