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Georgia’s secretary of state says there will be a recount in his state.

ATLANTA — Georgia’s secretary of state stated on Friday that the presidential race in his state was so shut {that a} recount is inevitable.

As of late Friday morning, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., led President Trump within the state by a mere 1,579 votes.

Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s workplacestated that 4,169 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be counted in 4 counties: Gwinnett, Cobb, Cherokee and Floyd. The most important tranche to be counted is in Gwinnett County, which accommodates Atlanta suburban communities and has gone from Republican-leaning to Democratic leaning in recent times.

The state should additionally take care of an unknown variety of ballots from army and abroad voters. Their ballots can be counted in the event that they have been postmarked by Tuesday and arrive within the mail earlier than the tip of enterprise Friday.

There are additionally an unknown variety of provisional ballots that should be “cured,” both by county elections officers or, in some circumstances, by voters who present as much as county places of work and supply documentation or in any other case settle questions on their voter standing.

“With a margin that small, there can be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, stated in a Friday morning information convention on the State Capitol.

He added, “The ultimate tally in Georgia at this level has big implications for all the nation. The stakes are excessive and feelings are excessive on all sides. We won’t let these debates distract us from our work. We’ll get it proper, and we’ll defend the integrity of our elections.”

Mr. Sterling stated that the unofficial tally of Georgia votes might be accomplished by the tip of the weekend.

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