Joe Biden wins Georgia after hand recount affirms lead

Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes after a hand tally of election ballots affirmed the former vice-president's narrow lead over President Donald Trump.

The hand tally of about 5 million votes stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and was not in response to any suspected problems with the state's results or an official recount request.

The state has until Friday to certify results that have been certified and submitted by the counties.

Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state's new voting system, said on Thursday evening that the audit was complete.

Results were posted on the secretary of state's website.

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No individual county showed a variation in margin larger than 0.73%, and the variation in margin in 103 of the state's 159 counties was less than 0.05%, Mr Sterling said.

"Every single vote was touched by a human audit team and counted," he said. "Obviously, the audit confirms the original result of the election, namely that Joe Biden won the presidential contest in the state of Georgia."

The results that will be certified are the totals certified by the counties, not those resulting from the audit.

The state has until Friday to certify results that have been certified and submitted by the counties.

Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state's new voting system, said on Thursday evening that the audit was complete.

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Results were posted on the secretary of state's website.

No individual county showed a variation in margin larger than 0.73%, and the variation in margin in 103 of the state's 159 counties was less than 0.05%, Mr Sterling said.

"Every single vote was touched by a human audit team and counted," he said. "Obviously, the audit confirms the original result of the election, namely that Joe Biden won the presidential contest in the state of Georgia."

The results that will be certified are the totals certified by the counties, not those resulting from the audit.

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