In Georgia, about 98 percent of the votes have been counted as Joe Biden approaches President Donald Trump’s lead, but there are a handful of results in several districts that are still rolling in.
The Democratic candidate has extended the president’s leadership in Georgia in what has become a razor-thin race to the end.
Trump had maintained a strong leadership in the state with more than 18,000 at the beginning of Thursday. But Biden slowly began to close the gap from Thursday night as more and more absentee ballots were counted.
Finally, he made the crossover with Trump’s leadership early Thursday morning, when the latest results from the Democratic stronghold, Clayton County, brought Biden to the front with 917 votes.
Biden now leads with 49.39 percent (2,449,371 votes) ahead of Trumps 49.37 percent (2,448,454 votes).
The battlefield state, which has not turned blue for Bill Clinton since 1992, will be a significant victory for the Biden campaign.
Biden is moving ever closer to victory, and when he finally wins in Georgia, he will have a total of 269 votes in the electoral college, just ahead of the 270 needed to get him into the White House.
Biden is also approaching Trump’s leadership in Pennsylvania, but the president’s team has filed lawsuits in several states and repeatedly claimed, without providing evidence, that the election was riddled with electoral fraud.
Clayton County in Georgia reportedly released the latest results of its outstanding ballots, which brought Joe Biden above the line with 917 votes.
According to these results, the Democratic candidate has taken the lead of the incumbent president in this state with 49.39 percent of the vote, according to the decision desk headquarters. He now leads with more than 2,449,371 votes, ahead of Trump with 2,448,454 votes or 49.37 percent.
The borough, a suburban district in Greater Atlanta, is proving critical in Biden’s final push into the state.
The Democratic stronghold has been counting all night, and recent results in the district have shown a strong bias toward Biden, according to CNN.
The Director of the District Election Committee, Shauna Dozier, told the station that after the counting of the postal votes, the only votes from Clayton County that have not yet been counted will be the military votes due on Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET. Dozier said she did not know how many military ballots could be received.
About 1,300 votes were reportedly released at 9:15 p.m. ET, of which 1,154 were for Biden and 165 for Trump, the station reported. This gives Biden 86 percent of the votes in Clayton County.
Important counties that have outstanding votes
According to the latest results, Trump’s chances of winning Georgia have decreased dramatically and it is a critical condition for his chances of returning to the White House.
But there are also some 4,800 outstanding votes in Democratic leaning Gwinnett County, and Biden leads by some 40,000 votes in Chatham County after a state judge dismissed a complaint by Trump’s team in the district.
Trump’s best chances for a comeback are now in the Republican strongholds of Laurens County and Forsyth County.
In the former, CNN reported that Forsyth County still has about 1,500 votes to announce, with Trump leading the way with about 8,000 votes. There are now about 1,700 outstanding ballots in Laurens County.
The president may be able to increase his vote in these two counties to stay ahead of Biden, but the remaining ballots in these counties are absent, which tends to favor the Democrats.
According to CNN, at 10:35 p.m. on Thursday night, the ballots outstanding are 3,500 in Clayton County, 700 in Cobb County, 444 in Floyd County, 1,545 in Forsyth County, 4,800 in Gwinnett County, 1,797 in Laurens County and 456 in Taylor County.