On Friday morning, Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger said that there will be a recount of the state’s presidential votes, because the margin between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump is so small.
“With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia. Interest in our election obviously goes far beyond Georgia's borders. The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country,” Raffensperger said in a statement.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 6, 2020
When the recount was announced, Biden had a small lead of just 1,098 votes, and there were still 4,169 mail ballots left to be counted in the state. This is not including the many ballots coming from members of the military stationed overseas, and ballots that were filled out incorrectly.
“There is still an unknowable amount of ballots that will be available to be counted at some point,” Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system implementation manager said.
As of 11 a.m. Eastern, Joe Biden was leading by 1,586 votes in Georgia. The secretary of state confirmed Friday that because of the small margin between the presidential candidates, there will be a recount. https://t.co/Ykg1YwVhu3
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 6, 2020
Sterling also said that “We’re not seeing any widespread irregularities,” in reference to accusations of voter fraud.
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign continues to insist that there are fraudulent ballots. Some sources have called the race for Biden and announced him as the projected winner, but Trump is not ready to concede.
BREAKING: Trump camp: "Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail." - Matt Morgan, @TeamTrump campaign general counsel pic.twitter.com/zL0fLayWSe
— Carrie Sheffield (@carriesheffield) November 6, 2020
An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.
Biden also took the lead in Pennsylvania, and if he wins there, it would give him the presidency. If Biden wins Pennsylvania, he doesn’t need any of the other states he’s leading in to reach 270 electoral votes, which would make him the winner. Trump, on the other hand, has an uphill battle. In order to keep the presidency, he must win in Pennsylvania. If Pennsylvania is lost for Trump, then so is the election. The Trump campaign also has pending lawsuits in the state, alleging problems with votes and election tampering.