Biden defeats Trump in Georgia — first Democratic win in 28 years
Joe Biden, US President-elect has narrowly defeated President Donald Trump in Georgia as two final states – Georgia and North Carolina were called on Friday.
Reports revealed that this is the first time since 1992 that a democrat will win the southeastern US state. Biden’s victory comes more than one week after election day.
The former US vice-president passed the required 270-vote threshold to be named US president-elect on Saturday.
Trump, who had trailed closely by polling 232 electoral college votes, won North Carolina.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016 by five percentage points.
According to New York Times, Biden won Georgia by 14,000 votes, or 0.3 percentage points, while Trump’s margin in North Carolina is more than 73,000 votes, or 1.3 percentage points.
Georgia’s vote count is currently the subject of an audit that electoral officials are unlikely to change.
Biden also won Arizona, a state in the south-west region — this is the first time since 1996 that a Democrat will secure victory in Arizona.
Although Trump has insisted that the election was marred by irregularities, the US federal election coordinating council, in a statement on Thursday, said “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
Meanwhile, Biden has already received congratulatory messages from world leaders, including President Muhammadu Buhari.
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