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LIVE UPDATES: Biden takes lead over Trump for first time in Georgia

By Mark Niesse – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alexis Stevens – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tamar Hallerman – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

(CNT) City News Talk #atlanta-ga

Highlights:

Thousands of military, overseas and provisional ballots will soon be added to Georgia’s vote count.

A judge has dismissed a Trump lawsuit in Chatham County ballot dispute.

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue appears to be heading toward a Jan. 5 runoff with Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Here’s the latest:

4:21 a.m.

Latest vote count puts Biden on top in presidential race

Former Vice President Joe Biden opened up a narrow lead over President Donald Trump in Georgia early Friday morning as absentee ballots continued to be counted.

Biden led by 917 votes after Clayton County counted more absentee ballots. Biden won 87% of ballots tabulated between late Thursday night and Friday morning in Clayton, located south of Atlanta.

Biden chipped away at Trump’s lead since Election Day as more absentee ballots were counted. Biden trailed by 118,000 votes on Wednesday morning but steadily gained ground as over 237,000 absentee ballots, many of them from Democratic-leaning counties, were counted since then.

The race to win Georgia — and the presidency — isn’t over.

Thousands more absentee ballots will continue to be counted Friday, including 4,800 in Gwinnett County. In all, about 10,000 absentee ballots remained to be tallied, in addition to a few thousand military, overseas and provisional ballots.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has emphasized that every legal ballot must be counted. County election offices have until a Nov. 13 deadline to certify their results.

2:37 a.m.

Trump’s lead shrinks to 665

Absentee ballots continued to be counted in the early morning hours in Clayton County, reducing President Donald Trump’s lead in Georgia to just 665 votes over Joe Biden.

Clayton’s absentee voters overwhelming favored Biden by a wide margin.

Election officials in Clayton County, located south of Atlanta, said they would work through the night until all ballots are counted.

11:05 p.m.

Most outstanding ballots in metro Atlanta

Roughly 80% of the 14,097 outstanding absentee ballots are in metro Atlanta counties, according to the most recent update from the Secretary of State’s office.

Here’s where the outstanding ballots were as of 10:35 this evening, per the Secretary of State:

▪ Clayton County: 4,355

▪ Cobb County: 700

▪ Floyd County: 444

▪ Forsyth County: 1,545

▪ Gwinnett County: 4,800

▪ Laurens County: 1,797

▪ Taylor County: 456

We’re expecting to see new returns from Clayton around midnight.