Joe Biden overtook President Donald Trump in the State of Georgia in the middle of a razor-thin election campaign in the state.
The Democratic candidate took over the leadership of the incumbent president with 49.39 percent of the vote, according to the headquarters’ decision paper. He now leads with more than 2,449,371 votes, ahead of Trump’s 2,448,454 or 49.37 percent.
This means that more than 98 percent of the count has been completed in the state, which may be heading for a recount if the margin remains as small as it is now.
Trump initially maintained a strong lead in the state with more than 18,000 at the beginning of Thursday. But Biden gradually closed the gap over Thursday night as more and more absentee votes were counted from the state’s democratic strongholds.
Finally, he made the crossover with Trump’s leadership early Thursday morning, when the latest results from Clayton County brought him to the front with 917 votes.
With the latest results, Trump’s path to victory in Georgia is dwindling and he faces a very narrow path to securing his reelection without him.
Biden is moving ever closer to victory. If Biden 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.
Countings are underway in other states, including Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania, and Biden is competitive or leading in all of these states.
The key state of Georgia, which hasn’t turned blue for Bill Clinton since 1992, is considered a great victory for Biden’s campaign if he can keep the lead.
Biden is also approaching Trump’s leadership in Pennsylvania, but the president’s team has filed lawsuits in several states, repeatedly claiming without evidence that the election was riddled with electoral fraud.
After Biden took the lead in Georgia, Trump’s team had to make a public statement from 5 a.m. EST.
However, he continues to make unfounded accusations of election fraud. In a tweet tweeted from Twitter for potentially misleading information, Trump wrote: “With LEGAL VOTES CAST I easily win the presidency of the United States.
“The OBSERVERS were in no way allowed to do their job, and therefore votes cast during this period must be designated as ILLEGAL VOTES CAST. The Supreme Court of the United States should decide!”
How the transition took place
When Clayton County in Georgia published the latest results of its outstanding ballots at about 4:20 EST, it put Biden in the lead with 917 votes.
The Democratic stronghold – a suburban district in the Atlanta metropolitan area – is proving decisive in Biden’s final push into the state.
Clayton County Election Board Director Shauna Dozier told CNN that after the counting of the postal votes, the only votes from Clayton County not yet counted will be the military votes due on Friday at 17:00 ET.
Dozier said she did not know how many military ballots could be received. Polls indicate that Trump has strong support from military personnel.
There are also about 4,800 outstanding votes in Democratic-dominated Gwinnett County. Biden leads by about 40,000 votes in Chatham County after a state judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Trump’s team in the county.
In the Republican strongholds of Laurens County and Forsyth County, Trump still has a chance to come back with yet-to-be-declared votes.
In the former, CNN reports that there are still about 1,500 votes to be announced in Forsyth County, with Trump leading the way from 4:48 ET with about 8,000 votes. There are now about 1,700 outstanding ballots in Laurens County.
The president may be able to increase his number in these two counties to be ahead of Biden again, but the remaining ballots in these counties are likely to be absent, which tends to favor Biden.
According to CNN, at 10:35 p.m. on Thursday night, the ballots outstanding are 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.