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Biden reaches 306 electoral votes after becoming 1st Democrat in 28 years to win Georgia

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President-elect Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON, DC — Joe Biden will win Georgia, ABC News and other networks projected Friday, striking at the heart of what has been a Republican presidential stronghold for nearly three decades. The former vice president is the first Democratic nominee to triumph in Georgia since Bill Clinton did it in 1992.

Biden’s victory adds 16 electoral votes to his tally, bringing him to 306 — matching President Donald Trump’s 2016 total. With a projection that Trump will win North Carolina, the final tally is 306-232, a landslide for the President-elect, who flipped five states and a congressional district in Nebraska from red to blue in 2020.

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The symmetry provides the President with yet another bitter pill to swallow. Trump has spent years tweeting and talking up his margin of victory against Hillary Clinton — one that has now been turned on its head in a final, national rebuke of his presidency.

In Georgia, Trump had raced out to an early lead in the counting, but Biden surged ahead as the votes from Atlanta and its suburbs were tabulated.

The Democratic ticket’s historic success has been fueled by a grassroots organizing renaissance that rallied a rapidly diversifying electorate and suburbs that are, at once, growing and becoming increasingly inhospitable to Republican candidates. Georgia Republicans have compounded the issue, with state lawmakers refusing so far to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and Gov. Brian Kemp, in 2019, signed a so-called “heartbeat bill,” one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws.

Biden’s success in a traditionally Republican state is the culmination of slow, steady gains there by the party. Two years ago, Democrat Stacey Abrams fell narrowly short in her bid for governor, losing to Kemp by 1.4 percentage points. Her campaign, and the work she’s done since then, has focused on bringing out Democratic voters who had stayed home in previous cycles. That set the stage for Biden, a moderate, to win big in the counties overlapping and outside Atlanta, a city at the heart of the New South.

“We have been working at this for more than a decade. And there have been dozens of organizations and hundreds of people who’ve made this their primary mission,” Abrams told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I have been privileged to be able to bring to bear resources, both before the election of 2018 and then the $40 million we were able to spend in 2018 to build a Democratic infrastructure that may not have yielded a victory for me in 2018, but certainly yielded a victory this week.”

Democratic presidential candidates have been closing the gap on their Republican rivals in recent elections. But none had repeated Bill Clinton’s feat from 28 years ago, when he defeated incumbent George H.W. Bush. Barack Obama came close. Hillary Clinton, in 2016, got closer. Biden completed the project.

Sensing opportunity in the final days of the race, vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, who was joined by Abrams, and Obama both visited the state. Apparently anxious over a shift toward Biden, Trump also touched down in Georgia on the weekend before Election Day.

As Biden gained ground in the days after the election, so too did Democratic Senate challenger Jon Ossoff in his campaign to unseat Republican Sen. David Perdue. Neither ended up reaching a majority of all the votes, meaning both their race and the special election for the state’s other Senate seat, are headed to runoffs on January 5.

The results of those contests, Perdue against Ossoff in one race and Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock taking on GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in the other, will determine which party holds the Senate majority next year. Democrats would need to win both to swing the numbers in their favor.

Loeffler and Perdue, though, are facing the prospect of running without Trump on the ballot. Still, they are trying to grab on to his coattails by crediting his outrageous, bogus claims of mass voter fraud. The pair even called for the resignation of Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, who refused.

Because the presidential race was so close, with Biden up by a little more than 14,000 votes, the state began an audit on Thursday morning. It is due to be completed next week. But the Trump campaign can, even if the margin is unchanged, request a subsequent hand recount.

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  1. Ignore KIDD the old fart who knows nothing about women. The last time he saw one was when be called her a Ho and she slapped the shit out of him. Hey KIDD how do you like the Biden Landslide?

    1. Don’t see a landslide. A landslide was Reagan v Mondale. Been married to my best friend for over 50 years now! Old Kam slept with Willie Brown to get to where she is today. I survived 8 years of Obummer, will survive 4 years of Spread Eagle.

      1. K1Diaper, the only thing that is spread eagle is your a** when your doctor checks your prostate. How convenient it is for you to assume that Harris slept her way to the top. It’s no surprise you support Tramp and your best friend is obviously not the brightest woman or man.

      2. KIDDIOT Feel sorry for your wife for living with a dumbass who calls women Hos. At your age I would think that you have learned some respect for Women and not call them Hos. By calling Women Hoes you are also insulting your Mother and your sisters. Grow up, you old Fool!!!

  2. 306 to 232!!! Trumptards LOSE BIGLY!!!!! Time to get off the Trump Crazy Train and join the Biden Peace Train. Racist Hillbillies have to go back to hiding in their snake pits.

  3. Madmike and his girlfriend K1DPR have been wrong since day one. The Trump boats keep sinking!!!! Lol. Sinko!!!!!!!! We gettin rid of the idiot in office. A one term germ. Now he’s trying to rip off his base with asking for donations. Lol. Donate pendejos!!

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