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Georgia upholds the election outcomes, which affirm Biden defeated Trump

Georgian Foreign Minister Ben Raffensperger will hold a press conference on the state of voting on November 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Georgia Secretary of State officially confirmed the results of his presidential campaign on Friday, confirming that President-elect Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump.

That result was expected after Thursday's ballot recount confirmed the victory of Biden, the former Democratic vice president.

"I believe that the figures we presented today are correct," said Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger earlier on Friday.

"The numbers reflect the will of the people," said Raffensperger, who, like Trump, is a Republican.

Biden won 49.5% of the Georgian vote, compared with 49.3% for Trump, according to the latest official figures. The profit margin for Biden was almost exactly 12,000 votes.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a car campaign in the parking lot of the Cellairis Ampitheatre October 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Trump has refused to admit that Biden defeated him in the national referendum and that Biden received more than enough votes in the electoral college to win the White House.

Georgia would give Biden 16 votes. Biden is currently expected to get 306 votes, 36 more than he needs.

Trump's campaign has until close of business on Tuesday to seek a machine recount of ballots cast in Peach State.

Raffensperger's office sent out a press release on Friday incorrectly stating that it had already confirmed the results. The office later sent out a press release saying it would "certify" the results on Friday. And later that day it sent a third notice that certification was complete.

This story has been updated to reflect the Georgian Secretary of State's Correction and Final Certification Notice.

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