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Data: AP; Chart: Naema Ahmed, Andrew Witherspoon, Danielle Alberti/Axios

President-elect Biden has won Georgia, AP reported Thursday evening.

Why it matters: His win, the first by a Democrat there since 1992, sets the state up as a new battleground — giving Georgia a chance to test that status in January when the runoffs for two Senate seats determine control of the chamber.

  • The outcomes of these races will determine whether Biden can move aggressively to enact Democratic policy priorities and confirm his top Cabinet and judicial nominees.

The state of play: Georgia election officials released the results of the state's hand ballot recount of the 5 million votes cast in the presidential election on Thursday.

The backstory: Trump won Georgia, which carries 16 electoral votes, by about 5% in 2016.

  • Biden had a slim 1.2% lead in the state the day before Election Day, according to FiveThirtyEight's average of polls.
  • Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris made stops in Georgia in the final week of the campaign, as did former President Barack Obama.

The other side: "Headlines are already falsely reporting that Joe Biden is declared the winner in Georgia," Jenna Ellis, a legal advisor for the Trump Campaign said in a statement on Thursday.

  • "Sorry, media, that's not how it works. The State of Georgia has not certified its results, and it should not."
  • The state is expected to certify the results on Friday.

The bottom line: The state is likely the last that'll end up in Biden's win column, granting him 306 electoral votes — equal to those that were pledged to Trump in 2016.

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The future of U.S. politics, and all that flows from it, is in the hands of Georgia voters when they vote in two Senate runoffs on January 5.

Axios Re:Cap digs into the election dynamics with former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, a Democrat who served between 1999 and 2003.

Updated Nov 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Wisconsin, Arizona certify Biden's victories

Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Arizona and Wisconsin officials confirmed the presidential election results in their states, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victories in the key battlegrounds.

Why it matters: The moves deal yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block or delay certification in key swing states that he lost. 

Georgia election official to Trump: Condemn “potential acts of violence”

Gabriel Sterling. Photo: Jessica McGowan via Getty

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voting implementation manager, called on President Trump and the state's Republican senators to denounce threats against election workers in a press conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: State election workers have been the recipients of death threats after conspiracy theorists shared false videos about the election results on social media. Trump and his allies continue to claim widespread election fraud took place in the state.

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