Wednesday morning, Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger has allowed a hand recount of all votes in the Presidential race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Biden leads Trump by more than 14,000 votes. If Biden’s lead holds, it will be the first time a Democrat Presidential candidate would win Georgia since 1992.

Raffensperger pledged to complete the statewide recount by the November 20th deadline.

“At 1 p.m. today I will make the official designation of which race will be the subject of the (risk limiting audit) at that time I will designate that the RLA will be the presidential race,” Raffensperger said during a press conference Wednesday. “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.”

Georgia was thurst into the spotlight as President Trump jumped out to a 372,000 vote lead on Biden on Election Night. The state counted the in-person vote first. As the mail-in ballots and early votes were counted, Biden made up that deficit over the next three days. That development prompted incumbent Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue to claim malfeasance on the part of Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger. Monday afternoon, Senators Loeffler and Perdue called for Raffensperger’s resignation. Their claims of election fraud have not been substantiated in court.

“We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the senators said in their statement.

The Trump campaign made it clear Wednesday that the President must be re-elected as they wish for every fraudulent vote to be thrown out. The Trump campaign has made similar wishes in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

“Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” Mr. Raffensperger said of the request to resign.

Raffensperger would later dismiss the Republicans’ claims as “laughable.”

“Every time we take a step along this process, we believe we are getting closer to our goal … the president winning these states and ultimately being re-elected,” said Tim Murtaugh, communications director for the Trump campaign.

The Biden campaign responded in a statement that “historically only races with exceptionally close margins have any likelihood of being overturned.”

“President-elect Biden’s margin is now at more than 14,000 votes,” Biden spokesperson Paige Hill said in the statement. “At the end of this hand recount process, we are confident the Election Day result will be reaffirmed: Georgians have selected Joe Biden as their next commander in chief.”

Meannwhile, Reverend Raphael Warnock, who is battling Loeffler for one of the U.S. Senate seats issued a statement Wednesday alleging the Buckhead resident of attempting to undermine American democracy.

“I’ve watched with alarm as Kelly Loeffler intentionally seeks to erode trust in our democracy for her own political benefit,” Warnock said. “No matter what party you belong to or who you supported in the last week, I hope we can all agree that we must protect the integrity of our elections.  Every vote must be counted and we all should stand together for taking the responsible, American path of accepting the results.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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