Trump Closes Biden’s Lead in Georgia After ‘Error’ Corrected
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President Donald Trump has closed the gap on presidential candidate Joe Biden’s lead in Georgia after an "error" was discovered and corrected.
The gap on Biden's lead was closed by nearly 800 votes as the former vice president was edged out by a 2-1 ratio in a batch of 2,600 ballots, which was discovered in Floyd County.
The unofficial breakdown of ballots was 1,643 for Trump, and 865 for Biden, and 16 for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, according to Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the new statewide election system.
The error occurred when election officials missed uploading a memory card containing a ballot counting machine's votes.
“The Georgia Secretary of State is asking for the executive director of the Floyd County Board of Elections, Robert Brady, to step down after 2,600 ballots were left uncounted prior to the county’s initial certification,” Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
The error was discovered on Sunday during the third day of the state’s audit.
Sterling said, “It’s not an equipment issue.
"It’s a person not executing their job properly.”
“This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side,” he added.
Luke Martin, chairman of the Floyd County Republican Party, said:
“It’s very concerning. But this doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue.
"I’m glad the audit revealed it, and it’s important that all votes are counted.”
But officals cautioned Trump's additional votes were not enough to alter the outcome of the state's presidential election.
The votes could also help GOP Sen. David Perdue bid for reelection and avoid a runoff against Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff.
“It’s very concerning,” Martin said.
“But this doesn’t appear to be a widespread issue. I’m glad the audit revealed it, and it’s important that all votes are counted.”
Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller tweeted in reaction to the news:
“Well, look what we found here…thousands of uncounted ballots in Georgia…”
Well look what we found here...thousands of uncounted ballots in Georgia...— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) November 16, 2020
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