ATLANTA — Joe Biden has won Georgia, scoring a rare win in a Southern state that hadn’t backed a Democrat for president in nearly 30 years.
The Associated Press called Biden the winner of Georgia’s 16 electoral votes Thursday after election officials released results of a hand-counted audit of the state’s roughly 5 million votes. The close contest between Biden and Republican President Donald Trump made Georgia the last U.S. state to be called in the 2020 presidential election.
The AP had already declared Biden president-elect after he clinched the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Georgia raised the Democrat’s electoral vote total to 306.
Like other battleground states, Georgia’s counting of thousands of absentee ballots and in-person votes cast early stretched long past Election Day. The unofficial results showed Biden ahead by 0.3 percentage points. Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week ordered an audit.
The second tally turned up a few thousand ballots that had previously