WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of uncounted ballots still held – in several counties where Democrat Joe Biden was prominent – are among those calling for a Georgia fight between President Donald Trump and Biden.
Trump and Biden were locked in a tight contest on Thursday to secure the 270 electoral votes needed for the presidency. Georgia is a winning state for Trump, who has a narrower path to victory than Biden.
Trump announced ahead of time that he was winning it on Wednesday morning. Yet by early Friday, his lead over Biden was limited to less than 700 votes.
The Secretary of State’s office said on Thursday that 18,936 absentee ballots are still required to be counted in seven counties.
This did not include provisional ballots and absentee ballots that have to be “corrected” before being scanned. Ballot papers cast by military voters and civilians living before Election Day will be received by 5 pm Friday.
Additionally, according to an AP analysis, Biden’s vote margin increased after pro-rural Trump counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor.
There is a possibility that the race may go to an outcome. Under Georgia law, if the difference between Biden and Trump is below half a percentage point of the difference, a request may be made.
Georgia Political Profile
Georgia has long been a Republican stronghold. There have been no voters for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points in 2016. And the state government is dominated by the GOP.
But the party has lost its grip. Older, white, Republican-leaning voters die, being replaced by younger and more racially diverse people, many of whom moved from other states to the fast-growing Atlanta area – and brought their politics with them .
Overall, demographic trends suggest that the state’s electorate is becoming smaller and more diverse each year. Like other metro areas, the suburbs of Atlanta have also moved away from Republicans. In 2016, Hillary Clinton left both Cobb and the Gwinnett counties, where Biden is currently the leader.
In 2018, Democrat Stacey Abrams in her bid to galvanize black voters to become the country’s first African American woman to lead the state, a campaign she has lost.
Many political analysts say that it is not a question of what it is, but rather when Georgia becomes a swing state.
This was very evident in the closing weeks of the campaign as Biden, his running mate. Sen. Kamala Harris, and former President Barack Obama established the state. Trump also toured the state for defense.