The vote: Biden set to become 46th President after declaring victory with 279 electoral votes. Georgia could hold the balance of power in U.S. Senate as both seats head to runoff.

The vote: Biden set to become 46th President after declaring victory with 279 electoral votes. Georgia could hold the balance of power in U.S. Senate as both seats head to runoff.

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Joe Biden declared victory Saturday after winning Pennsylvania and Nevada to earn 279 electoral votes. He made his victory speech Saturday night as he prepares to become the 46th President of the United States in January.

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  •  270 needed to win.
  • Biden: 279
  • Trump: 214

The balance of power in the Senate may very well rest with Georgia as both Senate seats head for a January 5, 2020 runoff. On the ballot will be incumbent Republican David Perdue vs. Democrat Jon Ossoff and incumbent Republican Kelly Loeffler vs. Democrat Raphael WarnockU.S. Senate: Click for the latest

According to NBC News, the U.S. Senate is currently split at 48-48 with four uncalled races, include those in Georgia along with one seat in North Carolina and one in Alaska. Currently, Republicans hold in the lead in both the North Carolina and Alaska races. If those hold, the GOP would hold a 50-48 advantage heading into the Georgia runoffs. If both Ossoff and Warnock sweep the state, the Senate will be evenly split with Vice-President elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker.

Key dates for Jan. 5 runoff:

  • Nov. 18: Earliest date elections officials can make absentee ballots.
  • Dec. 7: Deadline to register to vote in runoff.
  • Dec. 14: Advance in-person voting begins.
  • Jan. 5: Runoff election day.

Votes continue to be counted in Georgia. At 6 a.m. Saturday, Biden ahead of Trump in Georgia by 10,195 votes as elections officials continue to count advance/absentee and other “legal” ballots. The last Democrat to win Georgia — and 16 electoral votes — was Bill Clinton in the 1992 election.

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  • Donald J. Trump (I) (Rep) 2,455,305 / 49.2%
  • Joseph R. Biden (Dem) 2,465,500 / 49.4%
  • Jo Jorgensen (Lib) 61,888  / 1.24%

Georgia SOS Brad Raffensperger says the race remains “too close to call” and a recount is likely.

 

 

 

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