While Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is leading the way in Georgia, Hillary Clinton shared a quote from John Lewis, Georgia’s late congressman and civil rights pioneer, in a post on Twitter on Friday that received more than 100,000 Likes.
She shared an earlier tweet from Lewis, the former Democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election: “He [Lewis] would be proud today.
At the time of writing this article, Biden reportedly had 2,449,590 votes, while President Donald Trump was trailing with 2,448,492 votes, based on 99 percent of the expected votes counted, according to data compiled by Reuters.
As early as 2016, Lewis tweeted: “Voting rights are precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool or instrument in a democratic society. We must use it”.
Lewis died in early July this year at the age of 80 in Atlanta, the capital of the state of Georgia. Lewis had been treated at home in a hospice for pancreatic cancer.
He was a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s who marched with Martin Luther King. Committed to a philosophy of non-violence, Lewis became chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1963.
Since Friday, Biden has been ahead of Trump in the elections, 270 votes of which are needed to secure the election. At the time of writing this article, Biden had 253 votes, while Trump had 214 votes, according to data from the National Election Pool/Edison Research.
He would be proud of that today. https://t.co/N2KfdmzI7P
– Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 6, 2020
If Biden were to claim Georgia, which has 16 votes, the former vice president, with a total of 269 votes, would be just one vote away from winning the election.
Georgia is one of five states in which, according to Edison Research for the New York Times, a total of more than 100,000 votes are still to be counted.
Biden and Trump are also in a close race in Pennsylvania, another state with a high percentage of votes, which has 20 votes and is likely to determine the outcome of the election.
At the time of writing this article, Biden had a Pennsylvania lead with 49.4 percent (3,297,614) of the vote. Trump was less than one percent behind with 49.3 percent (3,290,788) of the vote, based on 95 percent of the expected votes counted, according to Reuters.
Approximately 89 to 95 percent of the votes in three other major war zone states-Nevada, Arizona and North Carolina-were counted. At the time of writing this article on Friday, Biden is reported to have led in Nevada and Arizona, while Trump is leading in North Carolina, according to Reuters.
The chart below, also provided by Statista, illustrates how close the presidential races were historically.