United States President-elect Joe Biden was on Thursday confirmed as the winner of Georgia after the state completed a hand audit of ballots, according to a statement from Georgia secretary of state’s office.

Final results from the audit showed that Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump by 12,284 votes. The number is slightly lower that the pre-audit results, according to CNN.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement that the audit reaffirmed that the votes had been counted accurately. “This is a credit to the hard work of our county and local elections officials who moved quickly to undertake and complete such a momentous task in a short period of time,” he said.

Raffensperger added: “The audit confirmed that the original machine count accurately portrayed the winner of the election.”

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Jaclyn Rothenberg, Biden campaign’s communications director for Georgia, said in a statement that the audit “simply reaffirmed what we already knew”. “Georgia voters selected Joe Biden to be their next president,” she said. Rothenberg thanked election officials for completing the recount under “unprecedented circumstances”.

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