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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent

In Republican strongholds of Georgia and North Carolina, Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has made the kinds of inroads that could lead to most of the desired results his party arrived with during the 2020 Election.

As vote counting continued early Friday morning, Biden had taken the lead in Georgia and, with 94 percent of the count in, had pulled within 1.42 percentage points of President Donald Trump.

While Biden is on the verge of being recognized as the presumptive nominee, tabulations from those two Southern states have also produced Senate races that are likely headed to a January runoff to determine the upper chamber’s control.

This year, Georgia had two Senate elections because of a special election to determine a replacement for former Senator Johnny Isakson, who retired last year.

Senator Kelly Loeffler was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to replace Isakson but faced challenges from 20 other candidates in the special election. State law mandates that a race must advance to a runoff election if no candidate receives over 50 percent of the vote. Loeffler, who received around 26 percent of the vote, will go to the runoff against Democrat Raphael Warnock, who received approximately 32 percent.

In Georgia’s second Senate, Republican Senator David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff have failed to reach the 50 percent plateau and now will proceed to a January runoff.

In North Carolina, the latest poll results show that incumbent Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and his Democratic challenger Cal Cunningham remain locked in a race that’s too close to call. As of Friday, neither had reached the 50 percent threshold, thus necessitating a January runoff.

For Biden, Black voters have emerged as his savior. Votes have poured in from predominantly Black Atlanta and Fulton County, pushing Biden ahead of Trump in the state with only a few ballots remaining. A win in Georgia likely seals the presidential nomination for the Democrat.

In Pennsylvania, which has 20 electoral college votes, Biden forged ahead of Trump by over 5,500 votes after a large swath of ballots were counted in predominantly Black Philadelphia and neighboring counties.

Biden maintains an 11,400 vote lead in Nevada, with 84 percent of the vote counted, including the predominantly Black Clark County.

The bad news hasn’t stopped Trump from further desecrating American democracy, falsely claiming that Democrats are “trying to steal the election,” and hyping up an already blood-seeking support base that has tried to disrupt counting in Wisconsin, Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

Biden has preached patience and declared, “I believe when all of the votes have been counting, Sen. Kamala Harris and I will be the winners.”