The democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has taken the lead in Georgia with almost 1,000 votes, ahead of President Donald Trump.
At the time of writing this article, Biden had a lead of 917 votes, based on 99 percent of the expected votes counted, according to Reuters.
The president and former vice president are engaged in a close race in this key state. But it is unlikely to be as nerve-wracking as a race in a state 188 years ago.
The closest state race in the history of presidential elections took place in Maryland in 1832. The state was lost by incumbent Democratic President Andrew Jackson, who was only four votes less than his national Republican opponent Henry Clay. The final polls showed Jackson to have 19,156 votes, while Clay had 19,160 votes.
Jackson won the 1832 election with 219 votes and 687,502 popular votes, beating Clay, who had 49 votes and 530,189 popular votes.
The fate of the 2020 election depends on a handful of states where the votes are still counted, including Georgia, where Trump had a narrow lead before.
In four other states, including Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania, over 100,000 votes still have to be counted, according to Edison Research for the New York Times.
On Friday, Biden is said to be the trump card in the elections, of which 270 votes are needed to win the election.
At the time of writing this article, Biden had 253 votes, while Trump received 214 votes, according to data from the National Election Pool/Edison Research. Georgia has 16 votes, and the state winner claims them all.
Biden and Trump also fought a close race in Pennsylvania, the state with the turning point that is likely to decide the election.
At the time of writing this article, Trump was leading in Pennsylvania with 49.5 percent (3,286,171) of the vote, while Biden received 49.2 percent (3,267,942) of the vote according to Reuters.
However, Biden may not need the Pennsylvania vote to win the election.
The “most plausible way” for Biden is “Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan… then he wouldn’t need Pennsylvania,” GOP pollster Daron Shaw told the Fox News decision desk Wednesday.
Biden has claimed Michigan and Wisconsin and currently has a narrow lead of 49.4 percent (604,251) of the vote in Nevada, while Trump has 48.5 percent (592,813) of the vote in the state, based on 89 percent of the expected votes counted, Reuters said.
The chart below, also provided by Statista, illustrates how close the presidential election has been in the past.
The following chart, also provided by Statista, illustrates the key issues that Americans voted on in the 2020 election.