Georgia’s Republican secretary of state said Thursday that Joe Biden clearly beat Donald Trump to win Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes. Brad Raffensperger said a statewide hand recount of 5 million ballots failed to turn up any evidence supporting President Trump’s conspiracy theories about a stolen election, and that he will certify Georgia’s results before today’s 5 p.m. deadline.
Meanwhile, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faces a Senate ethics investigation into his phone call with Raffensperger last Friday, when Graham allegedly asked the secretary of state to toss out thousands of mail-in ballots. Senator Graham has denied making the request, which legal experts say would amount to felony election fraud in Georgia.
The Associated Press on Thursday formally called Georgia for Joe Biden — giving him 306 Electoral College votes nationwide to Trump’s 232. In Delaware, President-elect Biden blasted Trump’s refusal to concede his election loss.
President-elect Joe Biden: “I think they’re witnessing incredible irresponsibility, incredibly damaging messages being sent to the rest of the world about how democracy functions.”