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Trump campaign pushes fraud lawsuits in Georgia as president ramps up ‘cheat’ claims

“If everyone is looking for one single action that will be the silver bullet that overturns the entire election — it’s going to be a process,” he added.

It came as Georgia announced it would conduct a recount of the presidential votes cast in the state by hand, a move which had been pushed by Mr Trump’s team.

The manual recount will use the paper printouts created under Georgia’s electronic voting system, a step further than the electronic “scan” recount required by law.

Mr Raffensperger said he would invite poll watchers from both parties to oversee the recount because “the stakes are high.”  

Joe Biden, the president-elect, currently leads Mr Trump in the state by more than 14,000 votes with almost all the ballots counted, meaning it is unlikely that a recount would materially change the outcome of the result.

The decision was announced by Georgia’s Republican Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, who has come under fire from members of his own party over the state’s electoral process.  

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