How Many Votes Left to Count in Georgia? Clayton County, Gwinnett County, Laurens County Election Results

Around 98 percent of the votes have been counted in Georgia as Joe Biden closes in on President Donald Trump's lead, but there are a handful of results in several counties that are still trickling in.

The Democratic candidate has continued to cut into the president's lead in Georgia in what has become a razor-thin race to the finish.

Trump had maintained a strong lead in the state with more than 18,000 at the start of Thursday. But Biden slowly began to close the gap over Thursday night as more and more absentee ballots were counted.

He finally made the crossover with Trump's lead early on Thursday morning when the latest results from Democratic stronghold, Clayton County, put Biden ahead with 917 votes.

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Fulton County election workers examine ballots while vote counting, at State Farm Arena on November 5, in Atlanta. Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images

Biden is now leading with 49.39 percent (2,449,371 votes) to Trump's 49.37 percent (2,448,454 votes).

The battleground state, which has not turned blue since 1992 for Bill Clinton, will be a major victory for the Biden campaign.

Biden is edging ever closer to victory and if he ultimately wins in Georgia he will have a total of 269 Electoral College votes, just shy of the 270 needed to take him to The White House.

Biden is also closing on Trump's lead in Pennsylvania, but the president's team has filed lawsuits in several states and has repeatedly claimed without supplying evidence that the election has been riddled with voter fraud.

Clayton County

Clayton County in Georgia reportedly has release the latest results from its outstanding ballots putting Joe Biden over the line by 917 votes.

After these results, the Democratic candidate overtook the incumbent president's lead in the state with 49.39 percent of the vote, according to Decision Desk HQ. He now leads with more than 2,449,371 votes to Trump's 2,448,454 votes, or 49.37 percent.

The county, a suburban district in the Atlanta metropolitan area, is proving to be critical in Biden's final push in the state.

The Democratic stronghold has been counting through the night and the latest results in the county have shown a huge leaning towards Biden, according to CNN.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the briefing room at the White House on November 5, in Washington, D.C. Votes are still being counted two days after the presidential election as incumbent Trump is in a close race against challenger Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, which remains too close to call. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The director of the county's board of elections, Shauna Dozier, told the broadcaster that after the mail-in ballots have been counted, the only remaining uncounted votes from Clayton County will be military ballots due at 5 p.m. ET on Friday. Dozier said she does not know how many military ballots might be received.

Around 1,300 votes were reportedly released at 9:15 p.m. ET and of these, 1,154 were for Biden while 165 were for Trump, according to the broadcaster. This gives Biden 86 percent of the votes in Clayton County.

Key counties which still have outstanding votes

After the latest results, Trump's chances of winning Georgia have dramatically narrowed and it is a crucial state in his chances of returning to the White House.

But there are also around 4,800 outstanding votes in the Democratic leaning Gwinnett County and Biden leads in Chatham County with around a 40,000 vote lead after a state judge dismissed a lawsuits filed by Trump's team in the district.

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden gives the thumbs up to supporters as he makes a stop with local elected officials at Relish Restaurant on November 3, in Philadelphia. He has taken over President Donald Trump's lead in the key battleground state. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Now Trump's best chance for a comeback are the Republican strongholds, Laurens County and Forsyth County.

In the former, CNN reported that there are around 1,500 votes left to announce in Forsyth County with Trump leading by around 8,000 votes. Meanwhile, Laurens County has around 1,700 outstanding ballots.

The president may be able to increase his numbers in these two counties to keep him in front of Biden, but the remaining ballots in these counties are absentees, which tend to heavily favor the Democrats.

According to CNN, the outstanding ballots as of 10:35 p.m. on Thursday night are 3,500 in Clayton County, 700 in Cobb County, 444 in Floyd County, 1,545 in Forsyth County, 4,800 in Gwinnett County, 1,797 in Laurens County and 456 in Taylor County.