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US President Donald Trump's campaign said on Saturday night it filed a petition for a new 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," the Trump campaign legal team said in a statement.

"President Trump and his campaign continue to insist on an honest recount in Georgia, which has to include signature matching and other vital safeguards," the statement added.

"Without signature matching, this recount would be a sham and again allow for illegal votes to be counted. If there is no signature matching, this would be as phony as the initial vote count and recount", the campaign team stated, "Let’s stop giving the People false results. There must be a time when we stop counting illegal ballots. Hopefully it is coming soon.”

The petition comes a day after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the state.

"Numbers don't lie. As Secretary of State, I believe that the numbers that we are presented today are correct," he said during a news conference.

On Thursday, the manual recount of nearly 5 million ballots cast in Georgia showed Biden won the state, validating initial results.

The recount found that Biden received 12,284 more votes than President Donald Trump, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Earlier on Saturday night, a US federal judge turned down the Trump campaign’s request for an injunction against the certification of election results in Pennsylvania.

Trump’s lawyers later said they would be seeking expedited appeal of the judge's ruling.