Georgia State election officials certified Biden’s win and top Michigan legislators gave cold shoulders to Trump play to reverse results.
President Donald Trump’s desperate attempt to overturn the November 3 US election results dealt a double blow on Friday when in the battleground states of Georgia and Michigan.
Officials in the battleground state of Georgia certified Joe Biden’s win and top Republican legislators in Michigan said they had no information that would warrant reversing the outcome of the vote in that state.
Biden, a Democrat, is preparing to take office on January 20, but Trump, a Republican, has refused to concede and his team is seeking to invalidate or reverse the results through lawsuits, recounts and undermining the certification of results in some states, claiming – without proof – widespread voter fraud.
Trump’s critics have described the effort an unprecedented attempt by a sitting president to subvert the will of the electorates.
Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State announced on Friday that a manual recount and audit of all ballots cast in the state showed clearly that Biden won the state.
Joe Biden is the first Democrat to win Georgia since 1992.
“The numbers reflect the verdict of the people, not a decision by the secretary of state’s office or courts, or of either campaign,” Raffensperger, a Republican and Trump supporter, told reporters. Official figures on the Secretary of State’s Office website showed Biden winning the state by 12,670 votes.
Michigan also backs Biden win
Us President Trump, also on Friday summoned a delegation of Republican legislators from Michigan, including the state’s Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his push to persuade judges and election officials in the state to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory and instead declare him the winner.
But in a statement issued after the meeting in the Oval Office, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House of Representatives Speaker Lee Chatfield said they had faith in a review of Michigan’s elections process that is being conducted by state legislators.
“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” their statement said.