Joe Biden on Friday took the lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia, setting the stage for him to become the first Democrat to win the state since 1992.
Biden leader only 1,096 votes out of 4.9 million have been counted, and at least 8,000 remain. The margins are so narrow that many news organizations, including BuzzFeed News, do not predict a winner.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said late Friday morning that there would be a recount. “Right now Georgia is too close to call. Out of about 5 million votes, we will have a few thousand, “said Raffensperger.” With such a small percentage, there will be a recount in Georgia. “
A vote count has the potential to turn things around for Trump.
However, Biden’s rise to the lead of a Republican stronghold in the far south was a great achievement. And a victory in Georgia would bring Biden’s total electoral college to 269 – just one vote out of the 270 needed to win the presidency. In that case, any one of the three swing states still going on – Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania – would launch Biden into the White House.
In Georgia and throughout the South and the South West, Democrats have worked for years to turn state diversified elections a new pathway to reaching 270 Electoral College votes.
The early results put Trump far ahead, as votes poured in from rural Georgia. But Biden took the lead thanks to strong support in absentee ballots from cities like Atlanta and Savannah and their suburbs.
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Trump won the state with 5 percentage points in 2016, down from Republican-led Mitt Romney’s 8 points in 2012. Democrats hope this will finally be the year they close that gap. In suburban districts around Atlanta, the Republicans used to generate huge total votes, but those regions have become a majority of the people of color in recent years and Biden has won big in this election. .
Biden’s breakout also came in spite of what voting rights advocates see as a concerted effort by the state Republicans to crack down on the votes of Democratic voters.
“Every year after Republicans took over the legislature in 2004, there are some new laws or many new ones that make voting more difficult,” said Vincent Fort, a former senator from the Democratic Party. The owner represents parts of Atlanta, told BuzzFeed News. “The bottom line is that Republicans are losing the demographic game. They know that the only way they can win, because they won’t try to diversify their party, is to stop the votes. “
But Democrats are also working hard to increase their electoral rate. After Stacey Abrams almost lost her 2018 bid to become governor of Georgia, she put her all into registering people to vote. She said that more than 800,000 New voters have been registered in the state as of 2018.
Georgia’s voter lists aiming for the 2020 election look very different from 2016. The proportion of white voters registered as whites has fallen from 62% to 59% in the past four years and almost a third of voters are voters of the state. this year is under 35 years old.
Contrary to the president’s unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud across the country, Georgia’s director of voting system implementation Gabriel Sterling said Friday that he found no evidence of such fraud in its own state. “We did not see any widespread anomalies; he said. “We are investigating any credible allegations with any factual evidence behind it.”