By Tamar Hallerman – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Greg Bluestein – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
David Wickert – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Sluggish vote counting in metro Atlanta creating headaches
Absentee ballots leave Georgia election results up in the air
By Greg Bluestein
Why is Georgia still up in the air? According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis, there are at least 236,000 absentee ballots that still haven’t been tallied.
Many of those ballots come from Democratic-leaning counties, including at least 63,000 in Fulton and another 46,000 in DeKalb. There are also 20,000 ballots outstanding in Republican-leaning Houston County.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger expects much of that total to be tallied later today. And Joe Biden would have to win about 72% of those ballots to overtake President Donald Trump, although that percentage drops if even more absentee ballots that arrived before Tuesday’s deadline are added to the total..
Bourdeaux confident of 7th Congressional District victory
By Amanda Coyne
Carolyn Bourdeaux was much more certain about her election outcome Wednesday morning than she was in 2018.
In her first race, it took weeks of demanding more absentee ballots be counted before Bourdeaux, a Democrat, conceded a 433-vote defeat to incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall. This year, before all of Gwinnett’s votes were counted and before any media organization called the 7th Congressional District race, Bourdeaux believed the win over Republican candidate Rich McCormick was in her column.
“The 7th Congressional District is ready for change,” Bourdeaux said in a Wednesday morning Facebook Live address. “I am here to be an advocate on behalf of the people of this district.”
If she is officially the winner, Bourdeaux will be the first Democrat to represent the once solidly Republican district since U.S. Rep. Buddy Darden, who lost the seat in 1994. Before 2018, incumbent Woodall had won each election by 20 points or more. He announced he would not run for re-election in 2020 shortly after his narrow 2018 win. Bourdeaux would also be the first woman to represent the district.
As of 9 a.m., Bourdeaux had 51.15% of all votes counted, a lead of 8,305 votes. Forsyth County, the southern tip of which is in the 7th District, has fully reported its results. Gwinnett County, the bulk of which is contained in the 7th, has not. Gwinnett election officials paused their count shortly before 2 a.m. Wednesday with 4,400 absentee ballots and 500 provisional ballots left to count. The county also has to recount four days worth of early voting ballots from one early voting precinct scanner that had a corrupt card, and adjudicate 3,200 batches of absentee ballots in which at least one is unreadable. That is likely between 80,000 and 160,000, according to the elections office.