Joe Biden on Friday beat President Donald Trump in Georgia, paving the way for him to become the first Democrat to win the state since 1992.
Biden Lead With just 1,096 votes out of a total of 4.9 million votes counted, with at least 8,000 votes remaining to be counted. The margin is so narrow that many news organizations, including BuzzFeed News, don’t expect a winner.
Georgia’s Foreign Minister Brad Ravensberger said late Friday morning that the vote would be recounted. “At the moment, Georgia is still very close to being contacted. Of the nearly 5 million votes cast, we will have a margin of a few thousand,” By a very small margin, there will be a recount in Georgia.
A recount could put the country back on Trump.
Nonetheless, the fact that Biden advanced into the Republican stronghold in the Deep South is a major achievement. A victory in Georgia would raise the tally of Biden’s electoral college to 269, one of the 270 required to win the presidency. In that case, any of the three swing states still in play – Arizona, Nevada, and Pennsylvania – would throw Biden into the White House.
In Georgia and throughout the South and Southwest, Democrats have worked for years to translate state voter diversity into a new path for 270 electoral votes.
Early results were way ahead of Trump, with votes pouring in from rural Georgia. Biden, however, provided strong support in absentee balloting from cities such as Atlanta and Savannah and their suburbs.
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Trump won the state by 5 percentage points in 2016, down from Republican Mitt Romney’s lead by eight points in 2012. Democrats had hoped this would be the year they close that gap. In suburban counties surrounding Atlanta, Republicans once garnered huge numbers of votes, but these areas have become majorities of people of color in recent years and Biden there has often won this election.
Biden’s breakthrough also comes despite what voting rights advocates saw as a concerted effort by state Republicans to suppress the votes of Democratic-leaning voters.
“Every year after Republicans took power in the legislature in 2004, there were new or multiple new legislation to make voting more difficult,” Vincent Forte, a former Democratic senator for the state who represented 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 will not try to diversify their party, is to suppress the votes. “
But Democrats are also working to increase their share of the electorate. After Stacy Abrams narrowly lost her 2018 bid to become Governor of Georgia, she put the energy to registering people to vote. She said that More than 800,000 New voters have registered in the state since 2018.
Georgia’s voter rolls heading into the 2020 election looked a lot different than they did in 2016. The proportion of white registered voters has fallen from 62% to 59% in the past four years, and nearly a third of the state’s voters are now under 35.
In contrast to the president’s unfounded allegations of mass voter fraud across the country, Georgia’s Voting System Implementation Director Gabriel Sterling said Friday that he had seen no evidence of such fraud in his state. We do not see any widespread wrongdoing. He said, “We don’t see anything on a large scale.” “We are investigating any credible accusation with no real evidence behind it.”