Joe Biden’s Georgia win confirmed as Trump stoops to new lows to overturn election
President-elect Joe Biden won the key state of Georgia, and a recount confirms it
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More than two weeks after the US presidential election polls closed, a recount has confirmed that Joe Biden did win the key battleground state of Georgia.
Officials confirmed the results on Thursday, after a six day hand recount of the state's 5 million ballots that had only taken place because sitting president Donald Trump continues to try and undermine his opponent's victory.
The now, one term leader had made baseless allegations Georgia's vote tallies were suspect because of 'widespread fraud'.
The recount reaffirms that Biden has captured 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232 in the state-by-state Electoral College that determines the winner of the election, well above the 270 needed for victory.
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Georgia's audit, launched after unofficial results showed Biden leading Trump by about 14,000 votes cast, ended with Biden winning by 12,284, and the state is expected to certify Biden's victory on Friday.
But the billionaire Republican's relentless refusal to accept reality shows no sign of stopping, with more than two months still to go in his 'lame duck' presidency.
Amid a series of losses in court, Trump's campaign has now shifted to a new 'strategy' that relies on pressuring Republican officials in crucial states to ignore the election results altogether and intervene on his behalf.
The campaign has filed multiple lawsuits to try to challenge the results in battleground states that Biden won, as election officials across the country have affirmed that there is no evidence of major irregularities.
Judges in three states delivered new legal setbacks to the campaign on Thursday, rejecting claims of improper vote counting.
Biden called Trump's attempt to reverse the results "totally irresponsible."
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"It sends a horrible message about who we are as a country," said the president-elect, although he expressed no concern that the plan would succeed in preventing him from taking office on January 20.
While legal experts see Trump's last-gasp effort as unlikely to succeed, they say the strategy represents an unprecedented assault on the country's democratic institutions by a sitting president.
The Trump campaign has already asked a judge in Pennsylvania, where Biden won by 82,000 votes, to declare Trump the winner, allowing the Republican-controlled legislature to choose the state's 20 Electoral College voters.
Several prominent law firms have pulled out of the campaign's legal challenges, leaving Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to spearhead the efforts.
But Giuliani keeps making headlines for the wrong reasons; whether appearing in a compromising position in the new Borat movie or in his most recent press conference when his hair dye started melting.