The Associated Press on Thursday called the state of Georgia for Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday after a statewide recount affirmed the initial result in the state, one of two longtime Republican strongholds Biden flipped to Democrats.
Biden ultimately defeated Trump by 12,284 votes, according to the audit, which narrowed the margin in Trump’s favor by just under 500 votes.
The result comes after Trump and his allies sought every avenue to overcome his vote deficit, baselessly alleging widespread fraud and accusing Georgia officials of not doing enough to help him, with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger claiming Sen. Lindsey Graham urged him to find avenues to discard legal ballots.
The state was not critical for Biden’s Electoral College victory after Pennsylvania put him over 270 electoral votes, but, along with Arizona – which the AP called for Biden the morning after Election Day, making him only the second Democrat to win there in 72 years – it could be the start of a new avenue to 270 for Democrats.
Democrats haven’t won the state since it went for Bill Clinton in 1992, but in recent cycles it has begun to trend back towards Democrats, with Stacey Abrams losing the 2018 gubernatorial race by just 1.4 percentage points.
Many Democrats have credited Abrams, whose voter rights organization Fair Fight registered 800,000 new voters in the state, for fueling Biden’s win there – even as Republicans won pluralities in Georgia’s two Senate races.
Georgia will see one of the largest Democratic swings of any key battleground state since 2016 – Hillary Clinton lost to Trump there by just over 5 points, while Biden is ahead by just 0.2 points.
306. That’s the number of electoral votes Biden is projected to win. Trump won the same number in 2016 (though he ultimately got 304 due to two faithless electors), boasting to Fox News host Chris Wallace, “we had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College, I guess the final number is 306 and [Clinton] is down to a very low number.”
Abrams, who was passed over after a public campaign to be Biden’s running mate, has seen her political fortunes buoyed in recent days, and she’s reportedly planning to cash in. Abrams’ allies told the Daily Beast that she will mount another bid for the governor’s mansion in 2022, with DNC member Wendy Davis calling the future run “a secret to no one.”
What To Watch For
With all outstanding electoral votes called, the eyes of the nation turn to Georgia’s two Senate runoffs, where Republican Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will face filmmaker Jon Ossoff and pastor Raphael Warnock, respectively. With Republicans at 50 Senate seats and Democrats at 48 along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker, the Senate majority hinges on the two races.
Source: Forbes – Business