President TrumpDonald John Trump Ben Carson says he is ‘out of the woods’ after being ‘extremely ill’ with COVID-19 Biden receives @POTUS Twitter account on January 20, though Trump does not admit, says company Trump to attend virtual G-20 summit in the midst of coronavirus rise MORE‘s campaign said Saturday it filed a petition for a new story in Georgia the day after officials certifying the election results showing the president-elect Joe Biden with a lead in Peach State.
“We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution is followed so that every legal vote counts,” the Trump campaign’s legal team said in an unsigned statement.
“President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which should include matching signatures and other important guarantees,” the statement added.
The Trump campaign’s push for the recount in Georgia comes a day after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) certified the results of the election in that state and showed Biden leading Trump by more than 12,000 votes. He is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992.
Georgia conducted a hand count of the 5 million votes cast in the presidential race, though Gov. Brian KempGovernor Brian KempGeorgia says he wants to certify election results, giving Trump campaign ‘other legal options’ Georgia certifies election results, prompting Biden to win official Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Bluestein on Georgia narrative: ‘Results still stand’ MORE (R) signaled Friday as he certified the results that Trump’s campaign could pursue “other legal options” and request a new recount.
The campaign had until Tuesday to request a recount, which is allowed under state law if an election is decided by 0.5 percentage points or less. Trump and Biden are currently separated by about a quarter of a percentage point in the state.
The Trump campaign’s petition follows a series of other legal actions it has taken since the November 3 election to push the election result, although the legal team has faced a number of setbacks in court.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Saturday that the campaign presented “strained legal arguments without merit” and “speculative accusations” without evidence in their lawsuit to invalidate millions of votes in that state.
The campaign had tried to delay the certification of Pennsylvania election results, which show Biden leading by more than 81,000 votes, but the judge dismissed the case.
The Trump campaign also filed a recount in two Wisconsin counties this week, spending $ 3 million after officials ended a state vote that showed Biden 20,608 votes ahead of Trump there.
Trump has not confessed to Biden while the legal challenges play out, but has faced growing calls from Republicans to accept the election results as Biden puts together names for his upcoming administration.