Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks during a car campaign in the parking lot of the Cellairis Ampitheatre on October 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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President-elect Joe Biden is the apparent winner of Georgia’s presidential race, the first Democrat to win the race in the state since 1992, NBC News forecast on Friday.
Biden’s victory would earn him 16 more votes for the electoral college and further cement an already large lead over President Donald Trump in both the electoral college and the referendum.
The Georgian Foreign Minister has already announced that due to the proximity of the race, a handcount of all nationwide ballots will be carried out. Biden led Trump on Friday with 49.5% to 49.2% of the votes so far, which corresponds to a lead of about 14,000 votes.
Trump on Friday was predicted to be the winner in North Carolina, the last state to be named in the White House race. Trump led North Carolina with 15 votes for the electoral college with 50% of the vote and 48.6% for Biden, who trailed the incumbent there with more than 70,000 votes.
Biden has received 306 votes for the electoral college, compared to 232 votes for Trump according to current forecasts.
To win the presidency, a candidate must win at least 270 votes in the electoral college.
Biden, a former Democratic vice president, was predicted to be the winner of Saturday’s national presidential race. As of Friday, Biden had 50.8% of the national vote, with Trump 47.4%, which is a lead of more than 5 million votes.
Trump and his Republican allies have posed a series of legal challenges against ballots in six battlefield states in an attempt to reverse Biden’s seemingly insurmountable lead after the president falsely claims he won the race.
On Friday, Trump’s efforts were dealt a severe blow when his campaign dropped a ballot challenge in Arizona, a judge refused to delay certification of ballots in Detroit, and learned that Pennsylvania will not order a ballot recount.
Biden is the planned winner in all three states, which together have 47 electoral college votes.
Although Trump Georgia won by more than 5 percentage points in 2016, poll averages showed that Biden had a chance to win Peach State on election day.
Since 1972, the state has been supporting mostly Republican candidates who broke only for South Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992 and for Georgia-born Jimmy Carter in 1976 and 1980.
However, growing demographic change has helped Georgia become a battlefield state.
Both seats in the US Senate from Georgia will hold elections in January. In these competitions, incumbent Republican Senator David Perdue will meet Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff and fellow Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler will meet Democrat Raphael Warnock.
These races will determine whether the Republicans, who currently hold both seats, will remain the majority party in the Senate or whether the Democrats will be able to get a 50:50 tie in the Senate.
If there is a tie, the Democrats will have majority control over the Senate as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, currently a Democratic Senator from California, would have a tie.