Biden Overtakes Trump in Georgia as Vote Counting Continues

Biden Overtakes Trump in Georgia as Vote Counting Continues

Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken the lead in Georgia as counting resumed on Friday morning. President Donald Trump was ahead in the state by around 600 votes on Thursday but the Democrat pulled ahead and was leading Trump by 917 votes at the time of writing.

Georgia was not widely considered to be a state where the election would be decided. It’s considered deep red and hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since Bill Clinton in 1992. But it now appears that Biden may flip it, which would almost certainly hand him the White House.

Trump still enjoys a narrow lead in Pennsylvania but vote counting began again Friday morning and the gap is closing. The Biden campaign has expressed confidence that he will win the state and add its 20 electoral college votes to his total.

The Associated Press has called Arizona for Biden, though other news outlets haven’t yet concurred. If the AP is correct, Biden already has 264 electoral college votes and a win either Georgia or Pennsylvania would deliver him the presidency.

It also appears likely that Biden will win Nevada and its 6 electoral college votes. Based on AP’s figures, this would be enough for Biden to win even without carrying Pennsylvania or Georgia. Trump’s path to victory is narrow and as more votes are counted, his chances appear to be dwindling.

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor