Georgia has recertified its presidential election results after a second recount – requested by Donald Trump – confirmed Joe Biden won the state.
President-elect Biden took the state by more than 12,000 votes in last month’s ballot, becoming the first Democratic presidential nominee to win there in nearly three decades.
Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, who, like Mr Trump, is a Republican, said: “We have now counted legally-cast ballots three times, and the results remain unchanged.”
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Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed, without evidence, that the presidential election was rigged, saying there was widespread voter fraud and that poll watchers were denied access to counts.
“They cheated and they rigged our presidential election but we will still win it,” Mr Trump told supporters in the state on Saturday, at his first rally since election day on 3 November.
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The crowd replied by chanting “we love you” and “four more years”.
Mr Trump continued: “Let them steal Georgia again, you’ll never be able to look yourself in the mirror.”
But recounts in the state, including a review by hand of around five million ballots, have not found any significant irregularities.
Dozens of the Trump campaign’s legal challenges have been rejected by the courts, the latest on Monday when a federal judge in Detroit threw out a bid to decertify Mr Biden’s election victory in Michigan.
Georgia will name its electors a week from now, on 14 December, the date set for the Electoral College to formalise the result.
Two run-off elections for the Senate, scheduled for 5 January, will determine which party controls the chamber.
The Republican Governor of Georgia refuses to do signature verification, which would give us an easy win. What’s wrong with this guy? What is he hiding?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2020
Mr Trump responded to his latest reverse on Twitter, criticising Brian Kemp, the Republican governor of Georgia, for not granting his request for signature verification of absentee and mail-in ballots and asking “what is he hiding?”
On Saturday, before his rally, the US president called Mr Kemp to urge him to persuade the state legislature to overturn Mr Biden’s victory, the Washington Post said.