Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has increased his lead over President Donald Trump in the key state of Georgia, as more absentee ballots from left-leaning urban and suburban areas are counted.
Biden added 5,110 votes to his tally early Saturday morning, most of which came from Fulton County which includes most of the city of Atlanta, increasing his lead by around 64 percent. The former vice president now leads Trump by some 7,248 votes in the Peach State.
Without Georgia, Trump has no path to a second term. The GOP is hoping for a recount in the state, which can be requested if the margin of victory is 0.5 percent or less. The secretary of state has already said there will be a recount in Georgia.
If Biden wins the state by a lead of more than 0.5 percent, Trump will not be able to challenge his victory there. That would leave Biden on the edge of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election, while Trump would be left stranded and unable to reach the threshold.
There are still believed to be some 8,400 absentee military ballots and 14,000 provisional ballots to be counted in Georgia. Absentee ballots have been breaking in Biden’s favor, so these outstanding votes could expand his lead further.
Provisional ballots are cast when there are questions over a person’s eligibility. These issues must be resolved before the vote can count, meaning it can take several days for the vote to be recorded. Traditionally, Democrats have been more likely to vote in this way than Republicans.
There is speculation that the military votes might swing the vote back to Trump, but a recent poll by Military Times found that more troops actually back Biden over the president. It is unclear when these military ballots will be counted.
Biden’s lead is also expanding in the key state of Pennsylvania, which with its 20 electoral college votes would hand the former vice president victory even if he did not win any of the other outstanding states.
Biden is still ahead in Arizona and Nevada, while Trump leads the counts in Alaska and North Carolina. Biden and his campaign have said they are confident of victory, and that in Pennsylvania they expect a comfortable margin.
The Trump campaign is not going quietly, filing lawsuits in multiple states to try and stope votes being counted and alleging improper conduct or even fraud by election officials. The president, meanwhile, is sending a constant barrage of angry, conspiracy-laden tweets from the White House, branding the election illegitimate and demanding investigations.