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WATCH: Georgia secretary of state promises to defend election integrity

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger says the state will give “unprecedented access” as the final votes are counted for the presidential election.

Watch Raffensberger’s remarks in the player above.

Democrat Joe Biden is now leading President Donald Trump in the battleground state of Georgia.

By Friday morning, Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold.

“The stakes are high and the emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right and we will defend the integrity of our elections,” Raffensberger says.

The contest is still too early for The Associated Press to call. Thousands of ballots are still left to be counted — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.

An AP analysis showed that Biden’s vote margins grew as counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.

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