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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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White House plots "full-court press" for $1.9 trillion relief plan

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The Biden White House is deploying top officials to get a wide ideological spectrum of lawmakers, governors and mayors on board with the president’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief proposal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Why it matters: The broad, choreographed effort shows just how crucially Biden views the stimulus to the nation's recovery and his own political success.

CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

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Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.

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