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Flanked by several elections directors from across Georgia, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced Wednesday that the state will conduct a "full by-hand recount in each county" of the presidential race because of how slim the vote margin is between President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvass all at once," Raffensperger, a Republican, said. "It will be a heavy lift, but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for our state certification."

Neither ABC News nor Edison Research has projected a winner in Georgia's presidential contest. Nearly 5 million votes were cast in the presidential race in Georgia. Currently, Biden is leading in the state by about 14,000 votes, which puts him on track to be the first Democrat to win Georgia’s electoral votes since 1992. The Trump campaign requested a hand recount on Tuesday.

Raffensperger said he hopes the audit can begin this week, but counties have until Friday to certify their respective results. So far, 98 of Georgia’s 159 counties have certified their results. The state’s certification deadline is Nov. 20, and Raffensperger said the audit "will take every bit of the time we have left."