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Biden closes in on Trump in battleground of Georgia

  • Published at 04:35 pm November 5th, 2020
US Election 2020
Employees of the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections process ballots, in Atlanta, Georgia on November 4, 2020 Reuters

The tight nature of Georgia's race -- Biden trails Trump by half a percent -- raises the prospect of a recount

Joe Biden narrowed down distance between himself and Donald Trump in the key battleground of Georgia, most likely the third state that he is going to take away from the Republicans and getting more closer to the victory line.

The former vice president is now 31,000 votes behind - a much smaller gap than the 372,000 he trailed behind by 24 hours ago - as counting continues in a series of knife-edge elections, reports Sky News.

Georgia's largest county of Fulton, which includes parts of Atlanta, was processing ballots through the night. Over a 90-minute period Biden narrowed Trump's lead there from 29,000 votes to 23,000, with 95% of precincts reporting.

The tight nature of Georgia's race -- Biden trails Trump by half a percent -- raises the prospect of a recount.

 Also read: Trump campaign mobilizes legal teams for election challenges

Only a handful of "toss up" states are left in play as he and Donald Trump vie for the crucial 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the US presidency.

So far, Biden is the closest on 253 - also leading in the popular vote and breaking the record for the most number of votes ever cast for a presidential candidate.

Trump has 214 Electoral College votes, also surpassing the number of total people who backed him in 2016 by more than three million.

 Also read: Trump supporters protest outside Arizona vote center

Despite election administrators appeals for patience and calm, the stakes have been significantly raised by Trump's campaign launching legal challenges.

"Poll watchers" have amassed outside some counts, with the mood febrile as they chant and demand access to the counting halls, while protests against Trump raged in New York and Pennsylvania.

And the president himself has threatened to take his fight to the Supreme Court, with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani wildly speculating, without evidence, that Biden may have voted illegally 5,000 times.

Trump himself has already claimed victory in the election overall and in states where no result has been announced - Pennsylvania, Georgia, and North Carolina.

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