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Ga. Secretary of State: ‘Not a thimble full of difference’ in recount; certification likely Friday

ATLANTA (WPTA21) - Georgia's Secretary of State late Thursday told the ABC television affiliate in Atlanta that a statewide audit has been completed and he expects certification of the presidential election results there by Friday.

Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, has been under fire from Pres. Donald Trump and from the state's two GOP senators -- both currently in runoff elections -- in recent days.

He told WSB TV reporter Justin Gray, however, that the audit this week resulted in little change -- "not a thimble full of difference," he said.

“There’s no doubt. The numbers support that. So does the audit,” Raffensperger said.

Trump and his allies claimed Raffensperger didn’t do enough to root out “illegal” votes.

“The secretary of state has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections,” GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler said last week in a statement, without offering any evidence to back up their assertion. “He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”

During the audit, officials did find two data cards that had not been entered into vote totals due to human error. In both cases, the discoveries were made in counties with mostly Republican officials, and in each case, the addition of the results to the data favored Trump.

Both counties were to recertify their results, and the margin between Trump and Biden will be about 13,000 votes when those previously uncounted votes are accounted for.

UPDATE: A federal judge has cleared the way for the certification to take place on Friday, setting aside the claims filed by attorney Lin Wood. Wood had alleged that Georgia illegally changed the process for handling absentee ballots.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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