“I live by the motto that numbers don’t lie.” Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who calls himself a proud supporter of President Donald Trump, confirmed on Friday that his preferred candidate did not win the state’s electoral votes after Georgia conducted a six-day, painstaking hand recount of ballots cast in the November 3rd presidential election.
The audit, launched after unofficial results showed President-elect Joe Biden leading Trump by about 14,000 votes, ended with Biden winning by 12,284 votes, according to data from Raffensperger's office – marking the first time a Democrat has flipped Georgia blue since 1992.
“The numbers reflect the verdict of the people.” Raffensperger formally certified Biden's victory on Friday.
Trump has claimed without evidence that there were widespread irregularities and fraud in Georgia and other states he lost to Biden.
Friday’s recount result dealt yet another blow to Trump's desperate bid to overturn the results of the election.
Meanwhile, the state's two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, who both face runoff elections in January, joined with Trump in accusing Raffensperger, without evidence, of overseeing a flawed election, and last week ruffled party feathers in Georgia by jointly calling for Raffensperger’s resignation.
Their Senate races are key to the federal government’s balance of power, as losses by both would put Democrats in control of the chamber and able to push Biden’s legislative agenda through Congress.
Vice President Mike Pence headed to Georgia Friday in an attempt to shore up support for Perdue and Loeffler against respective Democratic opponents Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
With Trump no longer on the ballot, Republicans and Democrats face challenges getting large numbers of voters to the polls in January.
As the President Joe Biden administration takes shape, India will continue to remain engaged at all levels and will work together, said Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava during a press briefing in New Delhi on January 22. "On January 20th after President Joe Biden assumed charge, PM Modi had sent him best wishes via Twitter. As the new administration takes shape, we will continue to remain engaged at all levels and work together," said MEA Spokesperson Srivastava.
The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will deliver an impeachment charge against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, rejecting Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's request for a delay. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called the insurrection in the nation’s Capitol “horrifying” and said the event negated and obscured President Trump’s accomplishments. CNN’s Amara Walker reports.
[NFA] Democrats won one U.S. Senate race in Georgia and led in another on Wednesday, moving closer to a surprise sweep in a former Republican stronghold that would give them control of Congress and greater power to advance President-elect Joe Biden's agenda. Yahaira Jacquez reports.
Jon Ossoff, the Democratic challenger in Georgia's U.S. Senate race, on Tuesday said President Trump's call on Saturday with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger when he told him to "find" enough votes to make him the victor in Georgia, was 'disgraceful'.
Democrats now have majority of the U.S. Senate after Vice President Kamala Harris swore in three members on Wednesday to give the party a narrow grip on both houses of Congress as well as the White House for the first time in a decade. Bryan Wood reports.
Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as president of the United States, vowing to end the 'uncivil war' in a deeply divided country reeling from a battered economy and a raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] U.S. security forces are mounting a national operation to thwart any violence before President-elect Joe Biden takes office - while Democrats warned of possible political violence even after the Jan. 20 swearing-in. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] California is in crisis as officials blame holiday parties and travel for a surge that is killing one person every 15 minutes in Los Angeles county, where the public health director said the worst of the pandemic is still yet to come, adding, "and that's hard to imagine." Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Georgia's Republican top election official said on Monday the White House had pushed him against his better judgment to take a call from President Donald Trump in which he pressured the state to overturn his November presidential election defeat there. This report produced by Lisa Bernhard.
Ahead of US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris oath taking ceremony, Former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton arrived at the US Capitol Hill. 43rd President of USA George W. Bush along with his wife arrived at the inauguration. Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at the US Capitol for Joe Biden's inauguration. US outgoing Vice President Mike Pence also arrived ahead of oath taking ceremony. Biden will be the 46th president of United States and Kamala Harris will be the first female and first black Vice President.
Donald Trump left the White House for the last time as US President on Wednesday, saying that this ‘is not a long term goodbye’ and ‘we will see each other again’.
Trump and First Lady Melania headed to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where the outgoing president spoke at a farewell event on a smaller scale than he had hoped for. In fact, his request for a huge military-style parade with crowds of supporters was rejected by the Pentagon.
It is not clear how many guests attended the event either, with Mike Pence deciding to skip it in order to attend Biden’s inauguration instead.
Trump is the first president in modern history to boycott his successor’s inauguration. Report by Bassaneseg. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen arrive at the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden. Outgoing President Donald Trump is not attending the inauguration. He is the first outgoing president to skip his replacement’s inauguration in more than 150 years.
Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who lost her re-election bid in one of two Georgia runoffs on Tuesday that secured Democratic control of the Senate, said she had planned to object to Biden's certification but had changed her mind after the events of the afternoon.
Stumping for two Democratic candidates in Georgia's U.S. Senate runoff election, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday said the GOP candidates, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, "think they've sworn an oath to Donald Trump, not to the United States Constitution."