Georgia recount done, Biden flips state

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Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, an extraordinary victory for Democrats who pushed to expand their electoral map through America's Sun Belt.

The win by Biden pads his Electoral College margin of victory over President Donald Trump.

Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election on November 7 after flipping Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin to the Democrats' column.

Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.

Trump won Georgia by five percentage points in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In 2020, Democrats had focused heavily on the state, seeing it in play two years after Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the governor's race. Both of Georgia's Senate seats were on the ballot this year, further boosting the state's political profile as well as spending by outside groups seeking to influence voters. Those two races are headed to a January runoff.

Georgia hadn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992.

A hand tally of ballots cast in the election has been completed, affirming Biden's narrow lead over Trump.

The hand tally of about five million votes stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and wasn't in response to any suspected problems with the state's results or an official recount request.

The state has until Friday to certify results that have been certified and submitted by the counties.

Once the state certifies the election results, the losing campaign has two business days to request a recount if the margin remains within 0.5 per cent.

Votes who hadn't previously been counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required recertification of the election results in those counties.

Several other counties found memory cards with votes that hadn't been uploaded and counted prior to the audit.

Going into the hand tally, Biden led Trump by a margin of about 14,000 votes.

The previously uncounted ballots discovered during the hand count will reduce that margin to about 12,800.