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Trump taps Gainesville’s Doug Collins to lead recount effort in Georgia
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U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, mingles with guests at the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, during his election night party. - photo by Scott Rogers

Update, Nov. 10: U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who's leading President Donald Trump's recount team in Georgia, and state Republican Party Chairman David Shafer sent a letter to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Tuesday requesting that he order a hand recount of Georgia's nearly 5 million ballots before certifying the results.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, was tapped Sunday to lead President Donald Trump's recount efforts in Georgia while the Hall County elections board voted unanimously to certify the county's election results Monday evening.

“Republicans stand by the ideal that every eligible voter should be able to vote legally and have it be counted,” said Collins. “During the coming recount, we are confident we will find evidence of improperly harvested ballots and other irregularities that will prove that President Trump won Georgia fairly again on his way to re-election as President. Georgians deserve a free and open process, and they will get one.”

Specific information about harvested ballots or irregularities was not provided Sunday.

Hall County Elections Director Lori Wurtz said Friday the county had not been notified by the state of a recount or been given details of how a recount would operate. There is no automatic recount in Georgia, although a candidate can request a recount after results are certified if the difference is within 0.5%.

A spokesperson for Collins said more details about his involvement with the recount effort would be available Tuesday. 

The presidential race remained relatively close in Georgia, with Biden leading Trump by just over 12,000 votes as of Tuesday afternoon. The AP has not yet called a winner in Georgia but has declared Biden the nationwide winner.Georgia has 16 electoral votes. 

Hall County certified its results on Monday evening, with Trump taking 70.9% of the vote.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s secretary of state fired back at the state’s two U.S. senators for calling on him to resign over the handling of the election.

Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue called Monday for Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to step down.

Raffensperger responded, “Let me start by saying that is not going to happen. The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me.”

Collins was edged out in the crowded race for U.S. Senate that is now headed to a runoff between Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock. Meanwhile, Republican Andrew Clyde was elected to replace Collins, representing the 9th District in the House. 

Top election officials in Georgia and other battleground states, including Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada, have all said they see no widespread voting irregularities, no major instances of fraud or illegal activity.  

On a call with supporters Saturday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien encouraged them to be ready to continue the fight for Trump, including standing by for rallies and demonstrations. Other aides outlined what they argued were irregularities in the count.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said President Donald Trump has every right not to concede the presidential election and that Americans should allow the election process to unfold.

"This process will reach its resolution," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "Our system will resolve any recount or litigation. In January, the winner of this election will place his hand on a Bible, like has happened every four years since 1793." 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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