(CNN) — Georgia completed its state audit of the tight presidential race and President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump, according to a press release from the Secretary of State’s office.
Biden beat Trump by 12,284 votes, according to the final results of the audit. This means a slight drop for Biden compared to the pre-audit results.
Officials have repeatedly said that the audit confirmed there was no widespread fraud or irregularities in the elections.
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There is no state where the pain of Trump’s defeat has been felt more acutely than in the red state of Georgia.
The suburban revolt against Trump in the suburbs surrounding Atlanta, along with large turnout among black voters, fueled Biden’s victory in the state, built on years of intense organizing by Democrats to register voters. The state is now the center of the political universe, because the two Senate second-round elections will determine which party controls that chamber.
The president has continued to tweet discredited disinformation about the voting software used in the state. He also objected to the tally he called “false”, tweeting false claims about the state’s signature matching process.
During the week-long recount, officials in four counties found new batches of votes that were either not counted on Election Day or that were not correctly transmitted to the Secretary of State for counting.
Republican Georgia secretary of state defends himself against criticism
In all, more than 5,800 uncounted votes were discovered. This gave about 1,400 new votes to Trump, who falsely said the discoveries were evidence of wrongdoing. State officials emphasized that these were accidents caused by human error and not indicative of vote fraud or manipulation.
Georgia’s Secretary of State, Republican Brad Raffensperger, has come under fire from both Trump and the state’s sitting Republican Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. They asked him to resign after falsely accusing him of “not offering honest and transparent elections.”
Raffensperger told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday that the state “has not seen widespread voter fraud.” When asked about the attacks by Trump and members of his own party, he defended his credentials as a “lifelong Republican” and a “conservative Christian Republican.”
“I will make sure that we count all legal and legitimate votes and we will not count any illegal votes,” Raffensperger said. My record will stand on its own. We have done a great job, “he added.
CNN’s Amara Walker contributed to this report.
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