“The Governor has formalized the certification delivered to our workplace by the Secretary of State — as is required by state regulation,” Kemp spokesman Tate Mitchell informed MeSlop in an electronic mail.

The certification is a significant blow to President Donald Trump’s longshot efforts to overturn the end result of the election in Georgia, and all however seals Biden’s razor-thin win within the state.

State regulation required Kemp to award Georgia’s electoral votes to the licensed winner of the presidential election. A federal choose on Thursday rejected a last-ditch lawsuit that attempted to block certification, and Biden’s victory was licensed Friday afternoon by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.

“State regulation now requires the governor’s workplace to formalize the certification, which paves the way in which for the Trump marketing campaign to pursue different authorized choices and a separate recount in the event that they select,” Kemp mentioned, later including, “As governor, I’ve a solemn accountability to observe the regulation, and that’s what I’ll do.”

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The announcement caps a whirlwind day the place Raffensperger’s workplace introduced that the results had been licensed, solely to ship a “correction” one hour later, saying the method was nonetheless ongoing. A 3rd press launch round four p.m. ET, mentioned certification was accomplished.

Biden received Georgia by 12,670 votes, or 0.26% of the almost 5 million ballots solid statewide, in accordance to remaining licensed results from the Georgia Secretary of State.

“Numbers do not lie,” Raffensperger mentioned throughout a information convention earlier Friday. “As secretary of state, I imagine that the numbers that we’re introduced in the present day are right.”

As a result of of the shut margin, the Trump marketing campaign can request a recount. Georgia already performed a statewide audit, hand-counting about 5 million ballots, and any future recount is extraordinarily unlikely to change the results.

Certifying election results is often a formality, however the course of has grow to be the most recent battleground in Trump’s longshot attempt to cling onto energy. His marketing campaign is making an attempt to block or delay certification in key states in hopes of overturning Biden’s victory by means of the Electoral Faculty.

The scheme basically turns into inconceivable if key states certify their presidential results earlier than December 8, which is called a “protected harbor” deadline below federal regulation. Now that Georgia has licensed its results, the state has met the deadline and Congress is required to respect the pro-Biden slate of electors.

Whereas going by means of the motions of formalizing Biden’s win, Kemp concurrently raised considerations in regards to the integrity of the method and even embraced some of Trump’s complaints in regards to the course of in Georgia.

Kemp requested Raffensperger to conduct a partial audit of absentee ballots to double-check that the signatures matched — caving to a persistent demand from Trump all through the post-election course of. It is unclear if this could occur at this stage of the method, and MeSlop has reached out to Raffensperger’s workplace for remark.

Trump has talked about the governor in not less than six tweets since Election Day, encouraging Kemp to “get powerful” and make the state “flip Republican,” despite the fact that Georgia voters backed Biden, the Democratic nominee. He additionally inspired Kemp to “take cost” after it grew to become clear the audit wasn’t uncovering widespread irregularities.
However within the tweets, Trump additionally berated Kemp, blaming him for a authorized settlement the state reached earlier this yr with Democratic teams relating to absentee ballots. Raffensberger’s workplace has mentioned Trump is mischaracterizing the settlement, generally known as a consent decree, which he falsely claimed weakened verification guidelines for absentee ballots.
Kemp additionally mentioned it was “unacceptable” that small batches of uncounted ballots had been discovered through the audit. Election officers have repeatedly mentioned these mishandled ballots had been attributable to errors and incompetence — not fraud. Raffensberger has balked at efforts by Trump and his GOP allies to undermine the vote-counting course of within the state and has vigorously defended the integrity of the presidential race in Georgia.

This story has been up to date with extra developments on Friday.

MeSlop’s Caroline Kelly contributed to this report.