Trump wins North Carolina as vote counting drags on in Georgia

Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News

President Trump eked out a victory in North Carolina on Friday, leaving Georgia as the last outstanding state in the 2020 election as Joe Biden presses forward with his transition to take over the reins at the White House.

The Associated Press called North Carolina, a key battleground state, for Trump as he trounced Biden by more than 73,000 votes with 99% of ballots counted.

The Tar Heel State victory gives Trump 15 Electoral College votes, bringing his total tally to 232.

Georgia, with its 16 Electoral College votes, is the only state that remains too close call in the Nov. 3 election, which has dragged on for more than a week because of the time-consuming process of tabulating millions of mail-in ballots cast because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Biden leads Trump in Georgia by more than 14,000 votes, with 99% of ballots counted. However, a hand recount of all ballots cast in the state got underway Friday because of the narrow margin, likely meaning final results won’t be known until next week.

Despite Trump’s North Carolina victory, Biden has already won the election.

Georgia aside, Biden has already secured 290 Electoral College votes — 20 more than the minimum needed to clinch the presidency — thanks to flipping Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Still, Trump has refused to accept that Biden won the election.

Instead, the president’s campaign is waging dubious legal battles in several states over baseless claims that Democrats rigged the election against him.

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