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US Election 2020: Trump loses Georgia recount, no voting fraud found

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raggensperger (pictured) said Wednesday the second vote recount there reiterates that Joe Biden won

The third vote count in Georgia concluding Wednesday reiterates that Joe Biden has won the popular vote there and will take the 16 Electoral College votes despite Donald Trump's best efforts to prevent that from happening.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raggensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, said hat the second recount rejects President Trump's claims of fraud in the Peach State.

'It looks like Vice President Biden will be carrying Georgia, and he is our president-elect,' Raffensperger said at a news conference Wednesday.

He noted that the recount demanded by Trump's campaign yielded no substantial changes to the outcome of the election.

Georgia counties must complete their recounts and submit their results to the state by midnight

This will officially end the election process at the Georgia state government level and leave any ongoing matters to the courts.

Trump only lost by 0.2 per cent or around 13,000 total votes in Georgia, which shifted very little in the midst of the two recounts there.

Raffensperger also added during his news conference that multiple investigations in Georgia have found no evidence of widespread fraud, as alleged by the president.

Donald Trump's campaign demanded another recount in the Peach State, where the president only lost to Biden by 0.2 per cent after mail-in ballots were counted 

Raffensperger sharply criticized Trump for fomenting false claims.

'Even after this office request that President Trump try and quell the violent rhetoric being born out of his continuing claims of winning the states where he obviously lost, he tweeted out 'expose the massive voter fraud in Georgia,'' Raffensperger said.

'This is exactly the kind of language that is at the base of a growing threat environment for election workers who are simply doing their jobs.'

State officials in Georgia have launched new investigations into voter registration efforts before Jan. 5 runoff elections for the state's two U.S. Senate seats, which will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the upper chamber. Republicans currently control the Senate.

Raffensperger said officials are looking into whether voting rights groups were trying to register people who have moved out of state or are deceased.

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