2020-11-06 10:09:36 | Georgia 2020 election results: why Democrats are optimistic



Story by: Our Foreign Staff The Telegraph

As of Friday, November 6th,Donald Trump’s margin in Georgia has fallen, and the Democrats are ahead, with more than 98 per cent of the votes counted. 

Both candidates hold 49.4 per cent of the vote, but the battle for the presidency is looking increasingly achievable for Mr Biden, who is now winning by over 900 votes. 

Fulton County, the state’s largest and home to Atlanta, is tipping the state. Donald Trump was previously leading; however, with 98 per cent declared, Joe Biden is predicated to reclaimed this Democratic stronghold, with a margin of over 57,500 votes. 

Fulton County elections director Richard Barron told CNN they were “close to being done”: “I think within 2,000 at this point.”

Mr Barron said that factoring in provisional ballots – including the overseas and military votes – meant that the county’s overall count of unknown ballots was nearly 5,000.

Gabriel Sterling, an election official, said it would “take time” to process tens of thousands of remaining ballots.  Up to 8000 overseas ballots could still arrive from Service Members. 

Mr Biden is performing better than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, including in their more upscale suburban areas.

Early on Wednesday, Mr Trump prematurely claimed he carried Georgia – and several other states that were too early to call.

“It’s … clear that we have won Georgia. We’re up by 2.5 per cent, or 117,000 (votes) with only seven per cent (of the vote) left” to count, Mr Trump said during an early morning appearance at the White House.

Mr Biden on Wednesday spoke on the election results and told the crowd: “We’re still in the game in Georgia, although that’s not one we expected.”

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In Georgia, Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock have advanced to a January 5 runoff in the special election for Ms Loeffler’s Senate seat.

They’re the top two finishers in a crowded field that also included Republican Rep. Doug Collins. But no candidate was able to get the 50 per cent threshold needed in order to win outright.

Ms Loeffler, a wealthy businesswoman, was appointed last year to replace retiring Sen. Johnny Isakson. Mr Warnock is pastor of the Atlanta church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr preached.

Mr Warnock is trying to become Georgia’s first Black US senator.

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Demographic changes

Georgia is not obvious Biden country. This is the Deep South. No Democrat has taken the state in a presidential election since Bill Clinton 28 years ago. 

Georgia joined the Confederacy when it split from the Union. It is deeply religious and deeply conservative. For decades it has been redder than red.

But now the cracks are showing. Polls had Mr Biden and Donald Trump neck-and-neck in the state, but Biden has, this morning, gained an advantage. 



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Source References: The Telegraph

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