Georgia officially cast their 16 electoral votes for Joe Biden today but the GOP is still fighting until the bitter end.
“I’m pleased to announce that Joseph R. Biden has received 16 votes for president of the United States,” said Stacey Abrams as she announced the vote but in a different part of the GA State Capitol the 16 GOP electors cast ballots for Trump.
They said “the contest of the election is ongoing,” and they are doing this as a precautionary step in the unlikely event Trump prevails in any lawsuit.
“They’re still playing through the legal cases, and the president has every right to do that,” said a GOP official.
“But I don’t see it changing the national outcome. At this point, it’s more about safeguarding the Jan. 5 runoffs & looking forward.”
A GOP elector said they were: “basically, checking legal boxes if something should come of the lawsuits.”
Brad Carver, one of the GOP electors said, “The presidential election has been contested in Georgia. In order to preserve our legal rights, we must elect a slate of presidential electors.”
Key Trump adviser Stephen Miller said on Fox News today:
“The only date in the constitution is Jan 20, so we have more than enough time to right the wrong of this fraudulent election result and certify Donald Trump as the winner of the election.”
“As we speak today, an alternate slate of electors in the contested states are going to vote and we’re going to send those results up to congress.”
“This will ensure that all of our legal remedies will remain open.”
“That means that if we win these cases in the courts, that we can direct that the alternate slate of electors will be certified,” Miller said.
Says Brad Carver, one of the GOP electors: “The presidential election has been contested in Georgia. In order to preserve our legal rights, we must elect a slate of presidential electors.” #gapol pic.twitter.com/X35WDkxziY
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) December 14, 2020
#Breaking Georgia Republicans are meeting at the Cap to select their own slate of Trump electors to send to Washington even as Georgia Democrats are meeting to send the official slate of Biden electors to Congress. pic.twitter.com/TJZGjcJS57
— Richard Elliot (@RElliotWSB) December 14, 2020