ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia appeared headed for a photograph end as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. steadily gained floor on President Trump. The victor might be awarded 16 electoral votes.

Mr. Biden started Wednesday morning roughly 100,000 votes behind Mr. Trump, however as county elections staff across the state continued the laborious tabulation of absentee ballots into Thursday morning, Mr. Trump’s lead narrowed to 23,000 votes, or 0.5 %. Below Georgia election legislation, a candidate might request a recount if the margin is 0.5 or much less.

In Fulton County, a Democratic stronghold and residential to most of Atlanta, Mr. Biden narrowed the margin by greater than 18,000 votes between 5 p.m. and midnight because the work of processing and tabulating the votes continued. In DeKalb County, additionally a part of the metropolitan area, Mr. Biden narrowed it by a further 5,000. The subsequent replace from Georgia’s secretary of state is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Brad Raffensperger, the Georgia secretary of state, said that as of 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, about 90,735 ballots nonetheless wanted to be counted. Greater than a 3rd of them have been in Fulton and DeKalb counties.

If the trajectory of Mr. Biden’s positive factors continued, it appeared he may overtake Mr. Trump in Georgia by the ultimate tally on Thursday. The query was whether or not further absentee votes from rural and extra Republican areas would offset sufficient of Mr. Biden’s positive factors to protect Mr. Trump’s lead.

Republicans in Georgia have been nervously assessing the vote rely and promised to file lawsuits in a dozen or extra counties aimed toward knocking off votes right here and there. The primary case, filed in Savannah on Wednesday, was an effort to chisel away 53 ballots that Georgia Republicans stated had arrived too late to be counted.

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