Stacey Abrams Says Georgia Recount Will Still Say Joe Biden Won the State

Although Georgia is preparing to initiate a ballot recount after Tuesday's election, Democratic politician Stacey Abrams said the state's upcoming audit will not impact election results.

The voting rights advocate and lawyer—who served 10 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and pursued a gubernatorial campaign in 2018—discussed election results and the recount's anticipated outcome during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

"Recounts in Georgia essentially mean a rescan of what's been done very painstakingly over the last five days," said Abrams. "And we know that, whether it's tomorrow or next week, the result will be the same...that Joe Biden has won the state of Georgia."

Abrams was a vocal supporter of Biden's presidential campaign throughout the election race, and reports placed her on his short list for vice presidential candidates to join the Democratic ticket earlier this year. After the Associated Press declared Biden the winner of this year's election on Saturday, Abrams was met with a flood of laudatory social media messages thanking her for a decade's worth of advocacy work in Georgia.

Stacey Abrams on a recount in Georgia: “Recounts … essentially mean a rescan of what’s been done very painstakingly over the last 5 days, and we know that whether it's tomorrow or next week, the results will be the same, that Joe Biden has won the state of Georgia” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/oueja7U1mN

— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) November 8, 2020

With 99 percent of the state's ballots accounted for, Biden held a narrow lead in the southern state on Sunday afternoon, having acquired roughly 10,000 more votes than Donald Trump. Biden's success in Georgia came as something of a surprise, given its history as a red state, and a victory in itself for activists such as Abrams.

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Stacey Abrams addresses attendees during a Get Out the Vote rally supporting Joe Biden's presidential campaign on November 2 in Atlanta, Georgia. The voting rights activist said Georgia's upcoming recount after Tuesday's election will not change the original results on Sunday. ELIJAH NOUVELAGE/AFP via Getty Images

On Friday, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced the state would conduct a recount as part of its standard procedure to address races with such a small margin between candidates. However, elections officials have pushed back against the Trump campaign's allegations of misreporting.

Some ballots cast in Georgia were already reviewed over the weekend. On Saturday, Raffensperger said election workers in Fulton County, the state's most populous area, would rescan certain ballots collected earlier after identifying technical complications that affected its original reporting. County election workers rescanned provisional, military and Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) ballots initially received Friday, as well as a small pool of others that were received but not scanned.

"Fulton County has discovered an issue involving reporting from their work on Friday. Officials are at State Farm Arena to rescan their work," Raffensperger said in a statement. "The Secretary of State has a monitor onsite, has sent additional investigators, and dispatched the Deputy Secretary of State as well to oversee the process to make sure to thoroughly secure the vote and protect all legal votes. Observers from both political parties are there as well."

Richard Barron, the elections director in Fulton County, confirmed the relevant ballots were rescanned and properly tallied late Saturday night. He told local reporters that election workers scanned 342 ballots in total. Fulton County's election webpage reflected updated results from the presidential election on Sunday, with numbers continuing to place Biden in the lead.

Fulton has discovered an issue involving reporting from their work on Fri. Officials are at State Farm Arena to rescan that work. I have a monitor & investigators onsite. Also sent Dep. SOS as well to oversee the process to make sure to secure the vote and protect all legal votes

— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) November 7, 2020

Newsweek reached out to Raffensperger and Barron's offices for additional comments, but did not receive replies in time for publication.