Biden legal team confident Georgia recount will confirm victory in the state

Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt
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Voting in Georgia
Voting in Georgia

By Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's legal team in Georgia said on Friday they do not expect a hand recount of votes in the state to change the results of the Nov. 3 election.

Democrat Biden, who led Republican President Donald Trump by more than 14,000 votes in Georgia, according to unofficial results, was declared the winner in the state by TV and news networks earlier on Friday.

Without producing evidence, Trump has complained of widespread fraud and irregularities in Georgia and other battleground states he lost to Biden https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-election/biden-solidifies-u-s-victory-over-trump-306-232-electoral-votes-idUSKBN27T0IQ.

“Trump’s legal strategy seems to be aimed at denying the inevitable. At the end of the day, more people voted in Georgia for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris than voted for Donald Trump and Mike Pence, and there isn’t anything that a count or a recount or a legal action is going to do to change that fact," said Democratic Party lawyer Marc Elias on a call with reporters.

Once the recount was complete, there should be no more doubt about the result of the state's election, Elias said.

The recount, coming immediately after a prolonged tallying of ballots, must be completed in time for results to be certified by Nov. 20, a timeline that was set to tax election officials.

Advocacy group Common Cause on Friday called for Georgia to provide more resources to election offices, some of which the group said were having to hire new staff to help out exhausted election workers.

The Biden team said they were confident the process would be completed in time, citing a timeline from the secretary of state that expects the hand recount to be finished on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Simon Lewis in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Leslie Adler and Grant McCool)