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In Georgia Election, Biden Overtakes Trump for First Time During Knife-Edge Count

Newsweek logo Newsweek 11/6/2020 Rebecca Speare-Cole
Joe Biden, Donald Trump are posing for a picture: This combination of pictures created on November 4, 2020 shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures after speaking during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, and US President Donald Trump speaks during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020. © ANGELA WEISS,MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images This combination of pictures created on November 4, 2020 shows Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gestures after speaking during election night at the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware, and US President Donald Trump speaks during election night in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, early on November 4, 2020.

Joe Biden has passed President Donald Trump in the state of Georgia amid a razor-thin election race in the state.

The Democratic candidate overtook the incumbent president's lead, with 49.39 percent of the vote, according to Decision Desk HQ. He now leads with more than 2,449,371 votes to Trump's 2,448,454 votes, or 49.37 percent.

It comes as more than 98 percent of the count has been completed in the state. Trump had maintained a strong lead in the state but the Democratic candidate closed the gap as absentee ballots were counted.

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The battleground state, which has not turned blue since 1992 for Bill Clinton, will be a major victory for the Biden campaign.

Biden is edging ever closer to victory and if he ultimately wins in Georgia he will have a total of 269 Electoral College votes, just shy of the 270 needed to take him to The White House.

Biden is also closing on Trump's lead in Pennsylvania, but the president's team has filed lawsuits in several states and has repeatedly claimed without supplying evidence that the election has been riddled with voter fraud.

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