US President-elect Joe Biden has won Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, an extraordinary victory for Democrats who pushed to expand their electoral map through the Sun Belt.
The win by Biden pads his Electoral College margin of victory over President Donald Trump. Biden now has 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232.
A top Georgia election official said on Thursday that a hand tally of ballots cast in the presidential race had been completed, and the results affirmed Biden’s narrow lead over Trump.
The hand tally of about 5 million votes stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and wasn’t in response to any suspected problems with the state’s results or an official recount request.