Biden takes Georgia to solidify victory

Biden takes Georgia to solidify victory
Joe Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992. GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Joe Biden, US President-elect, has won the state of Georgia, the first Democratic candidate to do so since 1992.

The win solidifies the Democrat’s victory, giving him a total of 306 votes in the electoral college, the system the US uses to choose its president.

US media projected tha President Donald Trump, who has not yet conceded, will win North Carolina, reaching 232 votes.

Mr Biden did not have to win Arizona or Georgia to secure the White House. His recapturing of the “blue wall” northern industrial states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan by themselves assured his victory.

Mr Trump alluded for the first time to a possible new administration in January.

Looking subdued, the Mr Trump stopped short of acknowledging his election loss during a briefing of his coronavirus task force at the White House, his first public appearance since the result was projected by US media.

As the country faces growing coronavirus outbreaks, Mr Trump said he would not impose a lockdown to fight the virus, adding: “Whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be. I guess time will tell.”

The president, who did not mention his opponent Mr Biden by name, did not take questions from reporters. Pressure is growing on the Republican president to acknowledge Mr Biden’s victory and help prepare the transition from one administration to another.

The results in Georgia and North Carolina were the last to be projected in the election. Joe Biden’s electoral votes equal the tally Donald Trump achieved in his victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016. Mr Trump referred to it as “a landslide” at that time.

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