The mayor of Atlanta said on Tuesday that she was “confident” that President-elect Joe Biden would maintain his lead in Georgia over President Donald Trump, even though the Trump campaign demanded that the Secretary of State count each vote by hand.
“I am confident that this lead will hold,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “We know that in a recount, the person who is ahead sometimes goes even higher. So you cannot assume that a recount will favor Donald Trump.”
Bottoms made the comments during a Tuesday appearance on CNN’s The Situation Room. Although the presidential race for Biden was scheduled for Saturday, Associated Press and other media networks have still not predicted a winner in Georgia.
The Mayor of Atlanta @KeishaBottoms said she was confident that President-elect Joe Biden’s leadership will hold in Georgia. “Now all we need to do in Georgia is to make sure that the people in the runoff election for the Senate on January 5th are back in office,” pic.twitter.com/sH3KPzFA7b
– The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) November 11, 2020
Although 99 percent of the state has reported the total number of votes, election workers in some parts of Georgia are still recording the outstanding ballots. According to the AP, Biden currently leads Trump with 12,651 votes. The margin is so small that Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger has already announced a recount, and the AP, according to WBUR, does not declare a winner of an election that is likely to be subject to a mandatory recount.
Matt Morgan, lead counsel for the Trump campaign, announced on Monday that Congressman Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia, would lead his state recount team. Morgan said there were concerns “about the lack of transparency in the tabulation process” and quoted what he called “reports of irregularities and improper vote counting in Georgia,” The Hill said.
The Trump campaign released a statement by Collins on Tuesday that included three formal requests from Raffensperger regarding the recount. The campaign demanded that absentee ballots cast by absentees be compared with those cast in person and those cast provisionally; that there be a check for felons and others who are not eligible to vote; and that Raffensperger “announce a complete hand-count of each cast ballot in each county.
The statement takes up messages from Trump and members of his campaign before, during and after the November 3 election, in which they made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud and other irregularities in several of the states Trump seems to have lost.
Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer asked Bottoms on Tuesday if she had seen evidence of such widespread voter fraud in her state, to which Bottoms replied that she had not seen any.
“The concerns we saw when we voted in Georgia were at the beginning of the early voting process, with the long lines and the breakdowns in the machines,” Bottoms said. “After a few days of these challenges, what we saw then was a very smooth process,” Bottoms said. I haven’t heard from anyone complaining about election fraud, I didn’t see any details. These are just losers who complain, nothing more than that.”
According to reports, Biden Bottoms, who was elected mayor of Atlanta in 2017, was considered a potential candidate for the presidential race. Although Biden eventually elected Kamala Harris, a California senator, Bottoms saw her national profile rise and loudly supported Biden’s campaign.
Blitzer asked Bottoms on Tuesday whether she would accept an appointment to Biden’s cabinet. Her name had been circulated as secretary for housing and urban development, Blitzer said.
But Bottoms hesitated and rejected the proposal as a mere rumor. “As far as I know, there are no decisions or offers for other positions in the Cabinet on the table, so I was not offered anything. I still have a job as mayor, and as far as I know I will have that job for next year,” she said.