Although Democratic nominee Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential race on Saturday, Georgia’s electoral votes remained in dispute due to an incredibly close contest in the state.
While the vote leaned in Biden’s favor on Friday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, said that the vote count would be “too close to call” no matter what the final results happened to be, as reported by Breitbart.
“A margin of a few thousand”
Citing a small number of ballots left to count, Raffensperger signaled that there would need to be a statewide recount.
“Right now Georgia remains too close to call,” he said. “Out of approximately 5 million votes cast, we’ll have a margin of a few thousand.”
Raffensperger noted that his office would be focused on “making sure that every legal vote is counted and recorded accurately,” adding that “there will be a recount in Georgia” based on the incredibly slim margins.
Only 5,500 ballots were left to be counted in the state, along with around 8,900 military absentee ballots that were expected by the end of the day.
Biden led the state by about 1,100 votes as of recent returns, a tiny lead that could theoretically evaporate over the course of a recount.
“This election is not over”
Even as the former vice president was labeled “president-elect” in his race against President Donald Trump, Georgia and a handful of other swing states had either not certified their results or were expecting recounts.
Trump 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan referenced the ongoing battle in a statement on Friday.
“This election is not over,” he declared. “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”
Per state law, a recount in Georgia is triggered if a candidate’s margin of victory is less than 0.5%, which will likely be the case in the race between Trump and Biden.
According to the Associated Press, there have been 31 statewide recounts since 2000 — and three of them ultimately changed the outcome of the race. In each of those three cases, however, the disparity between the two candidates was less than 300 votes.