Team Trump got its wish. Before certifying the 2020 election results, Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger has ordered a full hand recount of all ballots in the election. Get ready for a few days of suspense:
NEWS @GaSecofState says there will be a full recount of every vote in Georgia and it will be done by hand.
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 11, 2020
The Trump campaign’s representative, former House member Doug Collins, co-signed a letter with the state GOP chair yesterday to demand the full recount:
U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who’s leading President Donald Trump’s recount team in Georgia, and state Republican Party Chairman David Shafer sent a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Tuesday requesting that he order a hand recount of Georgia’s nearly 5 million ballots before certifying the results.
Washington Post reporter Amy Gardner says the recount will only come in the presidential race. That may not be enough for the state GOP:
BREAKING: Georgia Secretary of State about to announce that they will conduct a HAND RECOUNT of the presidential race.
— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) November 11, 2020
It would make more sense to do a recount in all statewide races, especially the Senate race between David Perdue and Jon Ossoff.
Keep in mind that Raffensperger is not a fan of the claims of widespread election fraud as the reason for Donald Trump’s loss last week. Raffensperger emphatically denied that any evidence exists of fraud on that scale, and challenged accusers to produce evidence of it:
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray that he is a conservative Republican supporter of not only President Donald Trump, but the two Republican senators who are now calling for him to resign.
Raffensperger said he has investigators on staff whose sole job is to look into wrongdoing. He told Gray that so far, nobody has provided any evidence of any significant voter fraud in Georgia.
“We haven’t found any widespread fraud. We will investigate every single case that voters bring to us,” Raffensperger said.
[more to come]