Biden narrows Trump lead in Georgia to under 1 pct with 98 pct of votes counted

Biden narrows Trump lead in Georgia to under 1 pct with 98 pct of votes counted

WASHINGTON: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has narrowed President Donald Trump’s lead in Georgia by less than 1 per cent with nearly all votes counted, reported Sputnik news agency.

Results from Fox News revealed Wednesday night that Biden trails Trump 49.8 – 49 per cent with 98 per cent of votes counted.

Biden needs six electoral votes to win the 2020 US presidential election while Trump needs 56, according to Fox News. The battleground states of Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia are still in play.

Georgia carries 16 electoral votes and is considered one of swing states of the season despite its consistent record of voting for the Republicans. The Democrats’ hopes for flipping Georgia for the first time since 1992 are bolstered by recent years of tightening elections.

In 2016 Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 211,000 votes, five percentage points, a narrowest margin in last five campaigns. It was followed by a neck-in-neck gubernatorial race of 2018. Trump relies on non-college white voters and men, while Biden performs with women and black constituencies.

–BERNAMA