With a small margin in Georgia, a recount is inevitable, state officials say.

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and 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.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years. The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.- Advertisement – Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.- Advertisement – Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists.last_img read more

Otto eyes Gulf of Mexico growth

first_imgAustralia-based oil and gas company Otto Energy is looking to grow its presence in the U.S Gulf of Mexico now that the SM 71 project is producing and contributing to its cash flow.Otto has interests in two leases in Louisiana, the South Marsh Island 71 (SM 71) lease and Bivouac Peak lease, both in partnership with Houston-based Byron Energy.In the SM 71 offshore lease, Otto holds a 50% working interest (40.625% net revenue interest) while the operator, Byron Energy, holds a 50% working interest.Production from two wells through the SM 71 platform on this lease started in late March but the third well is still not producing. Namely, during completion operations on the F3 well, a drill pipe and other completion equipment got stuck in the wellbore, forcing the operator to start production from the lease without it. In the meantime, the removal of the stuck components continued.As reported by Offshore Energy Today on Tuesday, Byron has resolved the issue with the third well by removing the damaged completion assembly with plans to start the production from the well by the end of the week.Waiting for the third well to start producing, Otto on Wednesday said that production from the other two wells, F1 and F2, has been steady at 2,500 bopd and 1,400 mcfpd.Otto noted that cash flow from the SM 71 project will contribute materially to the company beginning this quarter and will significantly underpin its strategy for growth in the Gulf of Mexico.Further detailing its growth plans, Otto said that its strategy is to grow its presence in the region through the sourcing of high-impact exploration assets with near-term drilling opportunities. The company expects to participate in a number of drilling events later in 2018, including the Bivouac Peak well, that have the potential to add significant value.Earned through a staged farm-in with Byron Energy, Otto has a 45% interest in the Bivouac Peak lease.Furthermore, Otto said that the deal flow in the Gulf of Mexico shelf continues to be attractive and the company is working on a number of “exciting new opportunities.”Otto’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen, commented: “Otto is at the start of a very exciting phase in its development. Few companies of our size have such substantial cashflow as the basis for funding their growth plans.““The start of 2018 has been a pivotal point for Otto shareholders and the remainder of 2018 promises to provide significant opportunities for the company to grow its presence in the Gulf of Mexico.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Federer seeded second at Wimbledon, Nadal drops to third

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – Eight-time champion Roger Federer was confirmed as the second seed for Wimbledon yesterday, bumping Rafael Nadal down to third despite being ranked below the Spaniard.Defending champion Novak Djokovic tops the draw while new world number one Ash Barty is top seed in the women’s singles.South African Kevin Anderson, runner-up to Djokovic last season, is fourth seed despite falling to eighth in the ATP rankings as Wimbledon used its special formula once again.Twice Wimbledon champion Nadal will be seeded three, meaning he is likely to have to beat both Federer and Djokovic to claim his first title at the All England Club since 2010. The Spaniard was critical of the Wimbledon’s seedings formula this week, saying “it’s not a good thing” that the grasscourt event is the only one out of the four Grand Slams that does not stick rigidly to ATP rankings for seedings.Wimbledon uses form over the past 24 months on grass to tweak the positions of the top 32 players in the men’s draw.While the women’s seedings are in line with the WTA rankings, Wimbledon reserves the right to change the order to create “a balanced draw”. Anderson’s promotion is bad news for French Open runner-up and world number four Dominic Thiem, who drops to fifth seed and could play Djokovic, Federer or Nadal in the last eight.Former runner-up Marin Cilic moved up from a world ranking of 18 to the 13th seeded spot.Seven-time champion Serena Williams is seeded 11th as per her WTA ranking. Last year the American was bumped up to 25th seed, despite being ranked 183rd after returning to the Tour following the birth of her daughter.last_img read more