Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office said Friday that he will certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state.
Raffensperger’s office said in a 12:26 pm press release that he “certified the results,” before issuing a correction at 1:06 pm saying that he “will certify the results,” but had not yet done so.
Biden won Georgia by 12,587 votes, according to the results of a statewide hand recount completed this week.
The recount affirmed that he will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to win the state since 1992.
Raffensperger, 65, frustrated fellow Republicans by dismissing claims that fraud may have boosted Biden. He said that in reality, “we have not heard of any widespread voter fraud” and there were only “isolated incidents.”
The top state election official began to self-quarantine last week as a COVID-19 precaution after his wife contracted the virus.
“In certifying the results, the Secretary of State will affirm that all 159 counties have