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election 2020

Georgia secretary of state: 'We have now counted legally cast ballots 3 times and the results remain unchanged'

Is the third time the charm?

Georgia has again confirmed President Trump's election defeat, and state election officials said Monday they'll recertify the results, giving the state's 16 electoral votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

After the initially tally following November's general election, the state ordered a manual hand recount, which narrowed Biden's tight lead, but not nearly enough to flip the results. Then, the Trump campaign requested a machine recount, which was recently completed — once again, the result was unchanged, Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said at a Monday press conference.

It's unclear if and how Trump and his legal team will continue to fight the results in Georgia; over the weekend, he requested Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) to call a special legislative session during which state lawmakers could appoint new electors that would favor him, but Kemp has twice declined. Read more at The New York Times.