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CBS News 21 Nov 2020

Trump denies Georgia's results after hand recount; prompts concerns over January's Senate runoff


President Trump is denying the results of Georgia's hand recount, just one day after President-elect Joe Biden was declared the certified winner in the state. Mr. Trump's unverified claims of voter fraud are now causing some to question the state's election process ahead of two critical Senate runoffs in January. Political reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting and host of "Battleground: Ballot Box," Stephen Fowler, joins CBSN to discuss the latest on Georgia's election results.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) announced Wednesday he will oversee a hand recount of ballots cast in the Peach State as President-elect Joe Biden maintains a slim lead over President Trump there.

Raffensperger, who has come under an avalanche of pressure from Republicans to take some kind of action given the tight statewide margin, said he will implement a risk-limiting audit (RLA) to cover the presidential race. The RLA is expected to be done by Nov. 20, when the state must certify its election results.

"With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by-hand recount in each county. This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvass all at once. It will be a heavy lift, but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for our state certification," Raffensperger said at a press conference.

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