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Trump team requests recount of Georgia vote; judge dismisses Trump campaign’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania

USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election continues this week as states prepare to finish certifying their vote counts after President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the hard-fought presidential race. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare to take office in January.

Clyburn to Trump: ‘The campaign is over’

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a man riding on the back of a pickup truck: President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, Nov. 21, 2020.


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President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Loeffler quarantining after mixed COVID test results

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ATLANTA – U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler is quarantining after receiving mixed results from recent coronavirus tests.

A spokesperson for the Georgia senator’s campaign said in a statement Saturday night Loeffler took two rapid COVID tests on Friday morning which came back negative.

The statement says she received another test Friday evening and the results came back positive. Loeffler tested again Saturday morning and the results were inconclusive.

Her campaign says she doesn’t have symptoms. The statement says she is following CDC guidelines and informing those with whom she was in direct contact.

Loeffler appeared at a campaign event with Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. David Perdue in Georgia on Friday.

– The Associated Press

Trump team requests recount of Georgia presidential vote

President Donald Trump’s legal team said Saturday that his campaign has requested a recount of votes in the Georgia presidential race after results showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the state.

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Friday certified the state’s election results, which had Biden beating Trump by 12,670 votes out of about 5 million cast, or 0.25%. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp then certified the state’s slate of 16 presidential electors.

The statement from Trump’s legal team said: “Today, the Trump campaign filed a petition for recount in Georgia. We are focused on ensuring that every aspect of Georgia State Law and the U.S. Constitution are followed so that every legal vote is counted. President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards.”

Georgia law allows a candidate to request a recount if the margin is less than 0.5%. The recount would be done using scanners that read and tabulate the votes. County election workers have already done a complete hand recount of all the votes cast in the presidential race. But that stemmed from a mandatory audit requirement and isn’t considered an official recount under the law.

– The Associated Press

Judge dismisses Trump campaign’s effort to overturn Pennsylvania results 

A Pennsylvania federal court on Saturday denied President Donald Trump’s request to block certification of the state’s 2020 election results in order to give his lawyers time to find evidence to support their claims of

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Judge dismisses Trump campaign’s lawsuit n Pennsylvania; Trump speaks to G-20, skips COVID meeting Hotel

USA TODAY’S coverage of the 2020 election continues this week as states prepare to finish certifying their vote counts after President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the hard-fought presidential race. President Donald Trump has yet to concede the race as Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris prepare to take office in January.

Clyburn to Trump: ‘The campaign is over’

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a man riding on the back of a pickup truck: President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, Nov. 21, 2020.


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President Donald Trump plays golf at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, Nov. 21, 2020.

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Judge dismisses Trump campaign’s effort to overturn Pennsylvania results 

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A Pennsylvania federal court on Saturday denied President Donald Trump’s request to block certification of the state’s 2020 election results in order to give his lawyers time to find evidence to support their claims of a fraudulent election system and improper ballot counting.

In a scathing ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Brann criticized the lack of evidence the Trump campaign presented to support its argument to potentially disenfranchise every voter in the commonwealth who cast a ballot in the 2020 elections — nearly 7 million in all.

The ruling entirely dismissed the case filed by Trump’s campaign and two Republican voters who said their ballots were rejected for technicalities, while those cast by thousands of voters in the state’s Democratic strongholds were accepted. The decision specifically denied permission to amend the allegations.

“This Court has been unable to find any case in which a plaintiff has sought such a drastic remedy in the contest of an election, in terms of the sheer volume of votes asked to be invalidated,” Brann wrote in the 37-page decision. 

– Kevin McCoy

Trump talks COVID in G-20 message but skips pandemic side session

President Donald Trump highlighted the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic during a virtual appearance Saturday at a summit for leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies.

In remarks beamed in from the White House Situation Room, Trump told members of the Group of 20 Summit that global leaders need to work together to restore strong economic growth and jobs as the world overcomes the COVID-19 pandemic.

“President Trump highlighted how the United States marshaled every resource at its disposal to respond to the crisis, as well as the unprecedented economic recovery of the United States on a foundation of tax and regulatory cuts, energy independence and fair trade deals,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

Trump also emphasized actions and safety measures the U.S. has taken to protect the vulnerable during the pandemic and efforts to develop vaccines and therapies, McEnany said.

Trump later traveled to his golf course in Virginia, just outside of Washington, and skipped a summit side conference on the need for a continued coordinated response to the pandemic. Leaders who participated in the conference

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Biden campaign halts running mate’s travel after two people in campaign’s orbit test positive for coronavirus

Joe Biden’s campaign is halting the travel of his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, through this weekend after two people — a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen — tested positive for coronavirus.



Kamala Harris looking at the camera: Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA.), delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Harris discussed President Donald Trump's failure to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and protect working families from the economic fallout prior to the last night of the Republican National Convention.


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Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA.), delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Harris discussed President Donald Trump’s failure to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and protect working families from the economic fallout prior to the last night of the Republican National Convention.

Harris was not in what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define as close contact with either person, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. Still, Harris’ planned trip to North Carolina on Thursday was scrapped, and she will remain off the road until Monday, she said.

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“Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said.

“After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal, non-campaign events in the past week. Under our campaign’s strict health protocols, both individuals had to be tested before returning to their work with the campaign from these personal events,” she said. “These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with; the importance of having such protocols — which include testing before resuming duties, regular testing while working in-person, isolation after time off, and masking and distancing while on campaign duties — have been illustrated once again.”

Harris has taken two PCR tests for coronavirus since October 8, including a test Wednesday, and has tested negative, O’Malley Dillon said.

The Biden campaign’s immediate disclosure of the positive results was in stark contrast with how Trump’s campaign and White House have handled positive coronavirus tests from Trump himself as well as top campaign officials and aides. Trump’s White House still has not disclosed when Trump had most recently tested negative for coronavirus prior to his positive test.

The two people were with Harris on a flight on October 8, the day after her debate with Vice President Mike Pence.

“During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both individuals. She was not within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them,” O’Malley Dillon said.

Before and after the flight, both Allen and the flight crew member tested negative, and all other staffers on the flight have tested negative, she said.

O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign has begun the process of contact tracing “to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window.”

Biden’s campaign also scrapped the plans of Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, to travel to Minnesota, where he’d planned to campaign with Jill Biden, on Thursday. But because he had not been in contact with either person, the campaign said, he will

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