Joe Biden has been forecast to win the state of Georgia and extend his election victory over Donald Trump. NBC News called the state for Biden on Friday afternoon, after a hand recount was ordered earlier this week.
Biden pulled ahead of Trump in Georgia – a major upset in a state that has traditionally voted for Trump’s Republican party. A recount was ordered after the first vote put Biden less than 14,000 votes ahead of Trump, within the 0.5% difference between candidates which may trigger a recount.
The last member of Biden’s Democrat party to win the traditionally Republican state of Georgia was Bill Clinton in 1992. Voters in urban areas including Atlanta and Augusta were credited with carrying Biden to victory.
NBC News has also forecast Donald Trump to win North Carolina – the final uncalled state, whose result was delayed because mail-in ballots were accepted until November 12.
Georgia and North Carolina both have 16 electoral college votes to give to whichever candidate wins the popular vote in their state. President-elect Biden now stands on 306 electoral college votes, with Trump on 232.
A minimum of 270 electoral college votes is needed to win the presidential election, with Biden crossing that total on Saturday, after multiple outlets verified to call results said he had won Pennsylvania.
Friday’s forecasts from NBC News officially completes the broadcaster’s count for the 2020 presidential election. Broadcasters who had held out on calling Arizona named Biden the winner there earlier on Friday. The President-elect flipped both Arizona and Georgia from the Republican party, with Trump winning both states in 2016.
Biden also won back the states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan, which Trump flipped from Democrat to Republican in the 2016 election campaign. But other ‘swing states’ Biden was tipped to win, including Florida and even staunchly conservative Texas, stuck with Trump.
President Trump has claimed this year’s election was ‘rigged,’ and made unsubstantiated comments about secret counting rooms, certain voters being given preferential treatment, and even a burst pipe at a voting center.
Despite his claims, US government officials have insisted this year’s election was the most secure in the country’s history.
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