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Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in the battleground Friday, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold.
As Friday at 11:00 a.m. ET, the former vice president now has a 1,579-vote advantage with 2,450,117 votes compared to Trump’s 2,448,538. The contest is still too early for ABC News to call.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Friday morning that an estimated 5,000 outstanding ballots are left to be reported — many in counties where the former vice president was in the lead.
Raffensperger alluded to a recount in a Friday morning press conference, but Georgia has no automatic or mandatory recount and can only do so if the margin between the two candidates is less than 0.5% of the total votes. According to Gabriel Sterling in the secretary of state’s office, recounts cannot be requested until after results are certified.
Trump prematurely declared he was winning it early Wednesday morning.
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The secretary of state’s office said Thursday evening that 18,936 absentee ballots still needed to be counted in seven counties.
That did not include provisional ballots and absentee ballots that have to be “cured” before being scanned. Ballots cast before Election Day by military voters and citizens living overseas and received by 5 p.m. Friday also will be tallied.
Additionally, Biden’s vote margins grew after a handful of rural pro-Trump counties processed mail ballots cast in his favor, an analysis by the AP showed.
There is a potential that the race could go to a recount. Under Georgia law, if the margin between Biden and Trump is under half a percentage point of difference, a recount can be requested.
Georgia Senate Seats
In Georgia, two seats were being contested and at least one is headed to a runoff after no candidate reached the 50% threshold to win.
GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler will face Democrat Raphael Warnock, a Black pastor at the church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, in the Jan. 5 runoff special election for the seat Loeffler was tapped to fill for retired Sen. Johnny Isakson.
In the other Georgia race, GOP Sen. David Perdue, the former business executive Trump calls his favorite senator, tried to stave off Democrat Jon Ossoff, another candidate who has benefited from the “green wave” of campaign donations. It, too, could go to a runoff.
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The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.
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